This weekend I did my dreaded weekly grocery shopping. Going to the grocery store is bad enough, but when it feels like it’s 2.7 million degrees outside it makes it even worse! And today is even hotter! Tomorrow it’s supposed to be in the upper 90’s with the “feels like” temps getting up to 105. I have this image of stepping outside and my skin completely melting off. I don’t like this heat one bit.
That’s so not the point of this post.
While in the produce section at the grocery store I came across some strange looking melons. Upon further inspection I saw that they were called Santa Claus Melons. I had to get one because my daughter is obsessed with all things Christmas. I brought it home and cut it open before I did any research because let’s face it… I’m too curious to wait!
According to Wikipedia, the Santa Claus melon:
“has a blotched green peel after which it is named in Spanish (piel de sapo translates as “toad skin”). A closely related melon with the same shape, but with yellow peel is known as ‘Amarillo’ or canary melon. The attractive green and gold-to-bright yellow-striped Santa Claus melon somewhat resembles a small watermelon. Inside is a mellow and mildly flavoured, pale-greenish flesh very similar to that of a honeydew. The ripest Santa Claus melon will have soft blossom ends that yield to gentle pressure and a vibrant yellow hue. Because of its thick skin, this melon does not release a tell-tale aroma when ripe.
This melon was named in English as recognition of its long keeping qualities, i.e., “until Christmas”.”
The skin of the melon was definitely tough, but not so tough that I couldn’t cut into it. After cutting into it and seeing that it kind of resembled a honey dew, I expected a slight scent, but there was nothing. Nada. No smell what-so-ever! I was kind of disappointed because I figured that meant it was going to taste bitter. However, it wasn’t bitter at all. It’s actually kind of sweet. To me, the outside closest to the skin tasted like honey dew and the inside, closest to the seeds, tasted slightly like cantaloupe.
Have you tried this type of melon before? If so, what did you think? What is the weirdest melon you have ever eaten?