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Honeydew Melons


Honeydew Melon

Honeydew Melon
© Denzil Green


There are now so many different varieties of Honeydew Melon that it has almost become a "category" name. Varieties include Honey Star, Honey Gold, Millennium, Santa Fe and Saturno.

A Honeydew Melon can be either oval shaped or round. The skin can be bright yellow, creamy yellow, or even green. Sometimes, it will be wrinkled, depending on the variety.

Inside, the flesh will be a pale orange or green depending upon variety, but always very sweet-tasting when ripe regardless of colour.

The average weight is from 3 to 6 pounds (1.5 to 2.5g.) The melons take, on average, 110 days to mature from seed.

Choose Honeydew Melons whose skin is a bit rough or velvety. Skin that is just a bit sticky is the best sign of sweetness inside.

Cooking Tips

Wash well before slicing into. Scrape out and discard the inner pulp and seeds.

Use in fruit salads and desserts. Good with lime juice or cinnamon.

Equivalents

Honeydew Melon

Honeydew Melon
© Denzil Green

1 slice, unpeeled, which is about 1/10th of the melon = 3 oz = 85g

1/2 cup fresh, peeled pieces about 1 inch / 2.5cm in size = 2.5 oz = 70g

History Notes

Honeydew Melons possibly originated in the area of Persia. They were grown by the Egyptians.

Literature & Lore

"Success to me is having ten Honeydew Melons and eating only the top half of each slice." -- Barbra Streisand (American actress, 1942-)

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Also called:

Melon-Miel, Melon de miel (French); Kirini (Indian)

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