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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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    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
    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
    I also don't usually like honeydew, but maybe I'll give that variety a try if I see it.
    3885 days ago
    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
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    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
    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...! :-)

    3885 days ago
    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

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    3885 days ago
    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
    Interesting name for a melon! emoticon
    3886 days ago
    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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