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A Guide to Melons

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VARIETY FLAVOR/APPEARANCE RIPENESS TEST

Athena A cantaloupe hybrid with a beige exterior and orange flesh. Slightly stronger flavor than a cantaloupe. Stem end should have a slight indentation. Blossom end should yield slightly to gentle pressure. Melon’s sweet aroma should be detectable.

Galia A cross between a cantaloupe and honeydew. Golden-yellow exterior with raised netting and a pale green flesh. Flavor more like a cantaloupe than a honeydew. Melon should have a strong sweet aroma.

Crenshaw Oval-shaped with yellow skin and green ridges. Golden-pink flesh. One of the sweetest members of the melon family. Also slightly spicy. Melon should be fragrant with slightly waxy skin. Should yield slightly to gentle pressure at the blossom end.

Yellow Flesh Watermelon Oval-shaped and green with light or dark colored streaks. Yellow flesh. Slightly sweeter than a red-fleshed watermelon. Melon should have a deep-pitched tone when slapped with an open palm.

Seedless Watermelon
Oval-shaped and green with dark green or white streaks. Reddish-pink flesh. Sweet and juicy. Pale side of melon should be cream-colored or yellowish, not white. A deep-pitched tone should be heard when melon is slapped with an open palm.

Pureheart Personal Similar in size and shape to a cantaloupe. Thin green rind with dark green streaks. Crimson red flesh. Sweet and juicy.
Melon should have a deep-pitched tone when slapped with an open palm.

Orange Flesh

Creamy yellow exterior with an orange blush and a pale orange flesh. Slightly sweeter than a honeydew.

Skin will have slightly waxy feel when ripe. Melon should be firm with slight softness at the stem end. Seeds may rattle if shaken.

Honeydew
Creamy yellow exterior with pale green flesh. Very juicy and sweet. Melon should be firm and have a sticky, velvety rind. It should also be fragrant and yield slightly to gentle pressure at stem end.

Juan Canary

Football-shaped with bright yellow rind and cream-colored flesh. Mild flavor.

Melon should be fragrant and firm with slight softness at stem end. Slightly waxy skin.
  Casaba Thick ridged and rich yellow exterior with a firmer vanilla-orange flesh. Mild cucumber-like flavor. Skin will have slightly waxy skin. Melon should be firm and yield to gentle pressure at the blossom end.
  Extra Sweet Tuscan
Style Cantaloupe
Beige exterior with raised netting and dark green or golden-cream grooves. Orange flesh. Sweeter than a cantaloupe. The melon’s deep exterior grooves should be a golden-cream for sweetest flavor.
  Cantaloupe Beige exterior with raised netting and an orange flesh. Very sweet and juicy. Stem end should have a smooth indentation. Blossom end should be fragrant and yield slightly to gentle pressure.

SOURCE: Lunds and Byerly's Culinary Experts