Melons are members of the gourd family. Varieties offer smooth or bumpy skin, pale green or bright orange flesh, and sweet, juicy flavors ranging from mild to strong.

Melon varieties are endless. Cantaloupe, honeydew, casaba, canary, Crenshaw, and watermelon are the most well-known varieties. Try a juicy Santa Claus melon, a gorgeous yellow flesh watermelon, or a mild Sharlyn. They’re all delicious, sweet, and packed with lots of vitamins.

Low in calories, melons are a good source of dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate, and a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.

Juicy and aromatic, melons have been cultivated for thousands of years.

The Lowdown

  • Season
  • Select
    Remember the following two attributes of a ripe melon. Rely on your nose, and choose a melon with the strongest fragrance, for this will most likely be the best tasting. Next, feel for a melon that is heavy for its size. This means it is ripe and ready.
  • Store
    Most melons will ripen after they are picked, but their sugar content won’t increase. Keep uncut melons at room temperature until fully ripe, then refrigerate for up to 5 days. Refrigerate cut melon in a covered container for up to 3 days.

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