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What’s more refreshing and delicious than melon on a hot summer’s day? Branch out of the familiar watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew varieties and try one of the unique specialty melons available in-store today!
Here are some handy picking and prepping tips to help you find the right ripe melon for a summer treat:
- Pick: Look for firm melons with a sweet fragrance as a sign that it’s ready to eat.
- Prep: Perfect for adding to fruit salads or drinks.
- Tip: Tastes similar to cantaloupe but with a distinct sweetness.
- Pick: Look for melons with yellow coloring and a slightly soft stem end.
- Prep: High in vitamin C, these are great for juicing.
- Tip: Also known as “muskmelons”.
- Pick: Choose melons that are firm with a sweet fragrance.
- Prep: Sprinkle ginger, salt or a squeeze of lemon on this fruit for a delicious snack.
- Tip: Its juicy, creamy-green flesh is known for its sweet taste.
- Pick: Look for firm melons with a sweet fragrance and a smooth, waxy surface.
- Prep: Use in salsas, smoothies and sorbets for an added refreshing and fruity flavor.
- Tip: Keep at room temperature one to two days before serving for a juicier melon.
- Pick: The deeper the orange color, the higher the sugar content.
- Prep: Pair with ginger for a refreshing snack.
- Tip: Similar to a cantaloupe on the outside but like a honeydew on the inside.
- Pick: Known for its floral and sweet aroma.
- Prep: Try pairing with cucumber and mint.
- Tip: A good source of vitamins A and C.
- Pick: Choose firm fruit heavy for its size, yielding slightly under pressure.
- Prep: When the peel is smooth and the rind is a light cream color, it’s considered mature and ready to enjoy!
- Tip: A wonderful addition to breakfast or salads.
- Pick: Once ripe, it’s possible to hear the seeds rattle inside.
- Prep: Perfect to add to fruit salads or drinks.
- Tip: Its name is inspired by its gold shell.
- Pick: Ready to be enjoyed when the skin is slightly waxy and the color is yellow with an orange tinge.
- Prep: Eat as-is or include in a fruit salad.
- Tip: Also known as “temptation melons,” they share a taste of both honeydew and cantaloupe.
- Pick: Avoid melons that are too firm, too soft or have any part of the stem remaining at the tip.
- Prep: Enjoy as-is or include in refreshing summertime smoothies or sorbets.
- Tip: Expect a sweet-tart flavor with a hint of juiciness.
- Pick: Choose firm melons with a sweet fragrance.
- Prep: Great as-is or in desserts.
- Tip: Name inspired by its availability in winter months.
- Pick: A ripe melon should be firm, heavy and bruise-free.
- Prep: Enjoy raw, in fruit salads or in fruit platters.
- Tip: A good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and lycopene.
- Pick: Select a melon heavy for its size with a deep-pitched tone when thumped.
- Prep: Enjoy raw, in fruit salads or fruit platters.
- Tip: Despite the name, all seedless watermelon contain white seeds as well as an occasional black seed.
- Pick: Choose a melon that is heavy for its size and bruise-free.
- Prep: Its small size is perfect to bring along to a picnic.
- Tip: Sweet, crisp and juicy, these melons contain about 88% water and are a hydrating snack.
How We Bring You Farm-fresh Produce
At Sprouts, our sourcing practices, paired with our strong relationships with growers, are part of how we bring you the freshest and widest variety of produce. Great growers ship farm-fresh produce to our distribution centers where knowledgeable team members use specialized instruments to test for sweetness, firmness, size and weight—brining you, the best produce available.
Melons from Five Crowns
One of those great growers is Five Crowns, run by the Colace family. This fourth-generation farming family has been in the agricultural business since the 19th
century. They’re passionate about faith, family and the farm, working to ethically and diligently to grow, pack and ship quality produce.
Five Crowns puts food safety first. An integral part of their operations, it’s a dynamic program that goes hand-in hand with quality control. Bringing you the freshest produce starts in the field when they plant the melon seeds in winter so they can make the first harvest in early May. From the field where it’s picked, the melons travel to a facility where it’s cooled to the optimal shipping temperature, helping to retain its freshness. Sustainably run, the cooling plant receives 85% of its energy from the Five Crowns solar facility.
- 2 cups Watermelon, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/4 cup Fresh mint leaves
- 2 tsp. Red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup Feta cheese
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss gently to combine.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy!