Melon Mania!

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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:

  • Canary

  • 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.
  • Cantaloupe

  • 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”.
  • Casaba

  • 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.
  • Crenshaw

  • 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.
  • Galia

    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.

  • Hami

    Pick: Known for its floral and sweet aroma.
    Prep: Try pairing with cucumber and mint.
    Tip: A good source of vitamins A and C.

    Honeydew

    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.

  • Gold Honeydew

    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.

    Orange-Flesh Honeydew

    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.

  • Lemon Drop

    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.

    Santa Claus

    Pick: Choose firm melons with a sweet fragrance.
    Prep: Great as-is or in desserts.
    Tip: Name inspired by its availability in winter months.

    Watermelon (Seeded)

    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.

    Watermelon (Seedless)

    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.

    Watermelon (Mini)

    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.