MELONS

Cantaloupe

Available Locally  from May – September

The Cantaloupe has a green colored skin and an aromatic orange-coral colored flesh. When perfectly ripe, the flesh is juicy and sweet. Cantaloupe is heavy versus hollow, the heaviness is an indicator of its water content. The ripe fruit releases its trademark floral musky aroma. Most melons simply do not have the same dense and sticky flesh that a cantaloupe does.

Honeydew

Available- Locally  from May – September

The Honeydew has a smooth, firm pale cornflower colored skin – pale green flesh. Round to oval and somewhat larger than a cantaloupe, this melon’s skin turns from green to white to yellow as it matures. As the Honeydew ripens, its skin transforms from very hard and smooth to a velvety texture and often develops a slight stickiness. Once a Honeydew melon is picked, it can no longer get any sweeter. Vine-ripened melons picked at their peak maturity will have the best flavor and highest sugar content.

Pink Honeydew/Orange Flesh

Available in the summer months.

The Pink, “Orange-Fleshed” honeydew is oval to round in shape. When ripen, its skin is white to pale yellow-green in color, similar to common honeydews. Its salmon hued flesh however is more like that of a cantaloupe and is firm yet juicy offering a honey sweet melon flavor. Once ripen, the Orange-Fleshed honeydew will have a slightly sweet aroma and its blossom end will have a slight give when pressed. Unlike many other melons the Pink honeydew will continue to ripen after being picked from the vine.

Melon, Canary

Available from spring time until fall with a peak season in summer months.

Canary melon aka Juan Canary is oval-shaped, with a smooth skin. When the melon is ripe, its hard rind turns bright yellow. The texture of the flesh is notably succulent and,  possesses flavors both tangy and mildly sweet. Melons weighing four to five pounds. Only choose Canary melons which are bright yellow (no green coloring on the skin) as these signal that they are mature and ready to eat.

Melon, Casaba

Available during the summer through the early winter season.

Casaba melon is unique in its appearance. It has an fruit acorn shape that comes to a point at its stem end. When ripe its skin will be a golden yellow with hints of green throughout. Its thick rind has irregular, shallow furrows running from end to end. The creamy pale green to white flesh is mild and sweet in flavor with hint of Asian pear.

Melon, Crenshaw

Available during the summer months.

Crenshaw (or spelled as Cranshaw) melon, has a yellow and green, corrugated, rough, firm rind void of netting. Its dense, tender, peach-colored flesh is sweet and slightly spicy. The melon’s skin turns golden-yellow at the peak of ripeness and will have slightly waxy feel. Crenshaw melons can weigh as much as eight to ten pounds.

Charentais Melon

Available during the summer months.

Charentais is a petite-sized melon with a smooth, hard, pistachio-grey colored skin and distinct green ribbing. Its flesh is deep orange, dense, smooth and sweet similar to that of a cantaloupe. When ripe it is highly fragrant with tropical fruit and floral notes. It has a delicate and short shelf-life.

Melon, Sharyln

Available during late spring and summer months.

Sharlyn melons are round with a rough green striped skin, it’s flesh ix pale green. The Sharlyn has a distinct perfume-like fragance.

Melon, Hami/Snow Melon

Available during the spring and summer months.

Hami melons have a golden yellow, lightly netted skin and a pale, coral-colored flesh with a large seed cavity. The flesh is crisp, juicy and refreshingly sweet.

Melon, Galia

Available during the spring to mid fall months.

The Galia melon has a yellow to orange skin that is covered in light golden-tan netting. Its flesh is pale green with a succulent texture that has a signature spicy sweet flavor with tropical and perfumed aromatics. Unlike many other melon varieties the tenderness of the stem end of the melon is not a good indicator of ripeness; some of the health benefits include weight loss, boosting the immune system, protect against diabetes and improve vision.

Melon, Ambrosia

Available during the summer months.

Ambrosia melon is a petite variety of melon that resembles a small cantaloupe. Its exterior is covered in sandy hued skin and rough netting. This melon offers a sweeter flavor with a more juicy consistency than the common cantaloupe.

Melon, Tuscan

Available year-round, with sporadic gaps in availability.

Tuscan melons are covered in a fine mesh pattern with green ribs. Its skin changes color from dark green to a golden-cream color as it ripens. The Tuscan melon is very sweet with a excellent muskmelon flavor.

Watermelon, Seedless

Available year-round with a peak season in the summer months.

The Seedless watermelon has a green skin and juicy, aromatic sweet flesh just like a traditional watermelon. The Seedless watermelon may contain a trace amount of white, edible seeds. Look for watermelons with nice even color except for a yellow patch (not white or green) where it laid on the ground. Seedless variety melons are also more prone to flesh that cracks and separates, a condition known as hollow heart.

Watermelon, Yellow

Available sporadically in winter with peak season in the summer months.

The Yellow watermelon aka Yellow Doll, Yellow Crimson, and Buttercup has a canary yellow flesh, often seedless, with occasional black seeds. Tasting no different from the common Red watermelon, when ripe, Yellow watermelons have the same signature two-toned green skin. Their flesh is tender, crisp and sweet.

Watermelon, Black/Sugar Babies

Available during the summer months. 

Black watermelon is a classic oblong watermelon with a black-green rind covering bright red, crisp, flavorful flesh. The flesh is firm, super sweet and contains high level of antioxidants.

Watermelon, Mini (Personal)

Available year-round with a peak season in the late summer, through fall and possibly early winter.

Other than its size, its characteristics are true to a common watermelon. Its flesh is ruby red, tender-crisp, succulent and sweet. Each melon averages seven to eight inches in diameter and approximately four to six pounds in weight. Although seemingly heavy for its size, the fruit’s rind and dense flesh contribute to its weight. Generally they are seedless, on occasion the fruit will contain inedible seeds. Considering the size of the melon, it makes them easy to store.

 For information about seasonality and availability, please inquire with your VegiWorks’ Sales Representative for more details.