7 Specialty Melons and Why You Need to Try Them All

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7 Specialty Melons to Try Before They're Gone

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February 26 2021


Available spring through mid-fall, check out these wild varieties of melons. 

  1. Orange Honeydew Melons

    Oval to round in shape, this melon has a pale yellow-green skin with a bright orange flesh. The fruit is firm and juicy in texture with a sweet honey and melon flavor. Choose one that's heavy for its size and gives to slight pressure.

  2. MelloSweet Melons

    Available December through May, MelloSweet melons are defined by their sweet flavor and softer flesh. You can compare it to honeydew, but this melon is way sweeter! When selecting this melon, make sure you're selecting a melon that feels heavy for its size and has a sweet aroma with a smooth white exterior free of blemishes.

  3. Kandy Dewlicious Melons

    Also called Golden Dewlicious Melons, these fruits get their name from their pure white, super sweet, honey-flavored flesh and their golden rind. Look for one that's heavy for its size and gives to gentle pressure.

  4. Galia Melons

    These melons have a yellow skin with a pale green spicy-sweet fruit on the inside. Their sweet flavor is like a cross between honeydew and cantaloupe. When selecting, remember this hint: The rind will turn from greenish in color to golden when it's ripe. 

  5. Juan Canary Melons

    This tropical melon has a smooth, bright yellow skin with an aroma of banana and pineapple. Its fruit is ivory-colored with a mildly sweet flavor. Look for melons that are heavy for their size with bright yellow skin and a sweet, musky aroma. 

  6. Santa Claus Melons

    Why the name Santa Claus? In South America, these melons were at peak season in December and they decided to name it after Santa Claus. These thick-skinned melons resemble a watermelon with its deep green rind with yellow stripes. It has a pale green fruit that has a similar flavor to honeydew. When selecting this melon, look for one that is heavy for its size and yields to slight pressure.

    Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
    Since this melon has a thick skin, the aroma of the fruit is undetectable. Instead of smelling the fruit to determine if it is ripe, look for the yellow stripes. The deeper the yellow, the sweeter the flavor.
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  7. Kandy Lemondrop Melons

    Similar in appearance to honeydew, the outside of this melon is tan and netted with light green grooves. It has a pale green interior with sweet-tart notes of lemon and honeydew. When selecting this melon, look for one that's heavy for its size and avoid any that are too firm, too soft, or have blemishes.