Don't be fooled by the looks. If we can crack it open, we're in for a treat.Earth Melons are part of the Elemelon family of fruits. It is covered by a hard, rock-like shell with a pudding-like flesh. Earth Melons are popular and frequently enjoyed meals, though getting to the gooey interior can be more work than some are willing to put in.
DescriptionEarth Melons are covered by a stone-like shell that come in different shades of grey with darker stripes along the rough surface. The squat melons grow from granite-grey stems without leaves, but finger-long thorns. The flesh of the Earth Melon is a muddy brown and has the consistency of pudding. A single, acorn-like seed is at the center of the melon. The shell is just about has hard as it looks and special chisels known as melon-crackers are used to open them up.
It's worth it. Trust me.
TraitsThe shell of the Earth Melon help keep the flesh within from spoiling and protects it from cold, heat or damp environments. They last for a long time and are ideal for long-term storage, even if their heavy weight makes them impractical as part of a traveler's kitchen. The flesh can also be dried out and reduced to a light brown, flakey clump. These are much easier to take along for travel and can be restored to their pudding-like form by adding water, or grated to use as a sweet flavoring on other foods. Eaten fresh, the pudding-like Earth Melon has a nutty taste with hints of sweetness. The Earth Melons grow on any fertile soil as well as on hard rock. The composition of rock and minerals they grow on changes both the appearance of their shell and the flavor of the flesh. Marble whitens the shell while making the flesh sweeter, while granite gives it a richer and deeper flavor.
I'm getting hungry just thinking about it...
Story & NarrativesEarth Melons are the story of unexpected deliciousness and a lesson to not judge a rock by its shell. Much like Fire Melons, they subvert the norm but do not carry the same tales of succor from unexpected places. Themes of stone, minerals, metals and hard work for delicious rewards are common for patches of Earth Melons. Other common narratives include: Festivities that won't possibly be complete unless a particularly large or flavorful Earth Melon can be located and cracked open.
I'm talking about food a lot? Am I? Well... Maybe..
ElemelonsThe Elemelons are a family of fruit in Quentriandal that consist of the water melon, the earth melon, fire melon, air melon and wood melon. They are found across Quentriandal and each have their own elemental theme and taste.
Though very similar to their green-skinned cousins, Fire Melons grow in sand and heat; the hotter, the better.
Part of the Elemelon family, the Air Melon grow from clouds and in the cold, with almost translucent flesh with a sweet flavor.