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Cucumis melo
summer

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With the exception of watermelon, melons are fruits of Cucumis melo, a close relative of the cucumber.

The most common types of western melons fall into two families: summer melons which are very aromatic with rough rinds like cantaloupes, or winter melons which usually have smooth or wrinkled rinds like casabas and honeydews.

arava melon
Cucumis melo
2 - 3 lb fruit
Tender Annual

An outstanding main season Galia melon with uniform high quality, blemish-free melons. The flesh is exceptionally sweet.

Sharlyn muskmelon
Cucumis melo
3-6 lb fruit
Tender Annual

Juicy, aromatic pael-green flesh turns orange arounf the seed cavity. Dark-gree n rind matures to yellow or orange with a shallow, full net.

In History

The sweet melons familiar to us today were unknown in ancient times; similar fruits were grown but they were more similar to the cucumber. The first reference to truly sweet and aromatic melons was not until the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries as a result of hybridization.

Cultivation

Growing Tips:
Melons do well planted with sweet corn or sunflowers as they enjoy the partial shade provided by the foliage.

Why It's Good for You

In a mere 56 calories per cup, melons supply a whopping 100% of vitamin A needs as beta carotene and over 100% of vitamin C needs as well. Both these nutrients help ward off various age-related diseases, such as cancer and may also help boost skin health.

Did You Know

Melons accumulate a great deal of calcium in their leaves which makes them especially useful for worm compost.

Let's Eat

How to Prepare:
You should wash melons thoroughly with warm soapy water before preparing them because microbes that linger on the surface may cause food poisoning upon introduction to the fruits’ flesh.

Once the melons are ripe and aromatic, chill the flesh before eating to firm it, and then remove it from the refrigerator shortly before serving to allow the perfume to fully emerge.