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Santa Claus Melon

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

My husband and I decided yesterday in the brutal heat that a nice fruit salad would be a perfect side to dinner. We stopped at the store to pick up some additional fruit and I was searching for a honeydew melon. I actually don’t care much for the honeydew myself, but he likes them so we were going to add it to the salad.

It took me a couple of spins around the produce section to see a sign that said honeydew, but the items by the sign looked more like squash to me than melon. As I looked closer the sign had smaller print that said Crenshaw, Canary, casaba and Santa Claus. These were all varieties of honeydew and none that I have ever heard of.

We decided to take a chance and we bought a Santa Claus variety. I am very glad we did, it is milder and not as sweet as the regular ones we have bought in the past. I think I will try another brand at some point too. It is interesting trying different trying different types of food.
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  • HEALTHYASHLEY
    I love Santa Claus melon too! I try to buy one fruit or vegetable a week that I have never tried and that was my choice 2 weeks ago. I was surprised how much I loved it. Good for you for trying new things!
    3884 days ago
  • BASILIC
    I love honeydew melons when they are at the proper stage of ripeness. But it's such a large melon that I don't by it too often. If I get it precut from a restaurant or salad bar, I find that more often than not, they prepare under-ripe melons that have no taste.
    3885 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/7/2010 3:35:40 PM
  • KMATIS
    I also don't usually like honeydew, but maybe I'll give that variety a try if I see it.
    3885 days ago
  • 2BEHEALTHYAGAIN
    Interesting--I never realized that there are different varieties of honey dew melons. I don't care for the taste of them (I prefer cantaloupe), but my husband loves them. Maybe if I tried a different variety I might like it better.
    3885 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3690893
    Sounds interesting. They are breeding fruits now, lol. Yesterday I saw a plucote. Not exactly sure I spelled it right but it was a plum and apricot.
    3885 days ago
  • DDOORN
    Never heard of most of those, but I can relate to "experimenting" and trying out new things. Last fall I checked out a wide range of apple varieties. Still like the Cortland best...! :-)

    Don
    3885 days ago
  • LIBRATAH
    Never heard of a Santa Claus Melon before. The next time I go to the market I will need to check out the melons.
    3885 days ago
  • NEED2LOSEN2010
    Sounds Yummy!!!! I picked up watermelon tonight. The cantaloupe here is really small, doesn't look good, & is pricey. I love honeydew. I haven't seen the ones you mentioned but I'll be looking for them.
    Thanks for sharing

    Sunny emoticon
    3885 days ago
  • CUBFANGIRL1
    Casaba is also very tasty:-) Now i'm craving fresh fruit. . . oh well, better than craving chocolate:-)
    3885 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    "Also known as December melon, Christmas melon and Piel de Spao, this melon was named in behalf of its long keeping qualities...until Christmas. Even though it is a very good keeper, this holiday melon was actually named because its peak season is in December." (from specialtyproduce.com)

    Never had any, but sure sounds good!
    3885 days ago
  • LIBBYFITZ
    Interesting name for a melon! emoticon
    3886 days ago
  • BAMBIBUNNY
    sounds yummy! I wonder how it got it's name.... emoticon
    3886 days ago
  • JUDY1676
    I'll have to take a closer look at the melons next trip to the store!
    3886 days ago
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