Most people think that melon only refers to those cold red watermelons we have in summer, but watermelons are not the only type!
Melons actually refer to a type of fruit that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family. These fruits grow on spines and sprawl across the ground.
Usually, they need support to keep them upright. Speaking about melon types, there are many variations in melon, which come in different colors, shapes, and even tastes.
Each type grows in a different environment and has different names according to their types.
So, prepare yourself to know some fantastic melon types and facts you might not be familiar with. After reading this article, we’ll suggest you try these melons at least once in your lifetime.
Types of Melons
- Honeydew Melon
- Canary Melon
- Santa Claus Melon
- Bitter Melon
At first, we’ll introduce the most popular melon across the globe – WATERMELON. There might be hardly any person who doesn’t know about this delicious sweet fruit.
As its name implies, this green globe-like fruit is full of water (about 90%!) where the flesh may come in different colors, e.g., red, pink, white, orange, and even mixed yellow-red.
However, red flesh and green skin outside with white stripes are the most common ones everywhere. Originated from the desert of South Africa, this melon has now become the most easily cultivated melon.
It takes less hassle to cultivate watermelons, though the time frame is extended. If you’re dead thirsty on a summer day, consider drinking a glass of watermelon juice.
Not only you’ll feel refreshed, but also the vitamins and essential minerals will add strength to your body.
Another widely recognized melon is Cantaloupe. Although you’ll find two variations in this type of melon. One was originated from Cantalupo, Italy, in the 1700s, which is now known as European Cantaloupe.
Research suggests that this specific melon is the original type of Cantaloupe. Hence, it’s often recognizable by True Cantaloupe.
The other type is called the North American Cantaloupe. Rich in vitamin A and numerous antioxidants, these melons both have netted skin with an orange-colored sweet flesh.
You’ll definitely be fond of the sweet aroma it has once you’ve tried this fruit. We’ll suggest you try tasting cantaloupe in a fruit salad or in a dessert.
You’ll see how good the real flavor comes out. You can even chop some raw cantaloupe for your everyday breakfast!
3. Honeydew Melon
Honeydew melon is another sweet melon with a refreshing taste. The flesh is creamy green while the rinds are between yellow and greenish in color. It grows in a round or oval shape, weighing from 1.5-4 kg.
These melons are widely grown in Arizona, Texas, and California for its popularity as a treat to desserts. You can also savor the raw or dried fruit that’ll give you a sweet, juicy taste in your mouth.
You can see the flowering in mid-summer months, which will produce ripe sweet melons at the end of summer, or early fall.
With a full sun position and consistently moist soil, this melon plant grows naturally without requiring too much effort. Hence, you can also grow these low-calorie fruits in your backyard!
A little tip here is that honeydew melon grows faster and healthier if paired with sunflowers and corn.
4. Canary Melon
With a bright yellowish color, canary melons resemble the color of a canary bird. It is originated from Europe but widely cultivated in different regions of Asia, e.g., South Korea and Japan.
Notably, the tropical environment is best suitable for this type of melon to grow in abundance.
Often people confuse canary melons with honeydews for a similar shape and texture. However, canary melons are a bit tangier than honeydews in taste. These melons have an elongated shape with smooth skin.
The flesh has a pale greenish soft texture that is sweeter than pears. The salmon-colored rinds are just as honeydew melons have in the center.
Like other sweet melons, these melons are also deliciously sweet when ripen and are popular as snacks or desserts.
5. Santa Claus Melon
Santa Claus melon was initially cultivated in Spain. It’s basically a winter melon that belongs to the muskmelon family.
Appearing in a dark green skin tone, this melon looks like a watermelon on the outside. The flesh of the melon is pale green to white in color with a soft juicy texture.
However, you’ll find it slightly sweeter than honeydews and cantaloupes. Usually, this melon is harvested in summer, yet you’ll get the melon available all around the year.
As it’s still abundant at Christmas, people named it the Santa Claus Melon. Ho! Ho! Ho! You can call it your Christmas Melon too!
6. Bitter Melon
If you think melon always means a sweet fruit in a bright, beautiful color, your eyes will probably pop out if you see the next type of melon we’ll talk about. It’s a Bitter Melon!
From the name, you can definitely guess that this melon isn’t sweet at all. It’s a melon originated from the Indian subcontinent and is popularly known as Pare in many countries (especially in Indonesia).
It has an elongated bumpy green body with a lot of seeds inside. It’s hard to eat this melon raw as a fruit. So, people cook it as vegetables. Though it tastes very bitter and tacky on the tongue, this melon has a lot of nutritious value.
It helps lower blood sugar levels, fighting cancer cells, reducing cholesterol levels, and even assisting you in losing weight.
In some countries, e.g., China, Korea, and Japan, bitter melon is used to make medicines. So, you see, being bitter in nature isn’t bad at all!
Summer is all about delicious juicy fruits and, melons are the best for refreshing yourself. A small glass of melon juice will keep you energized all day long.
No matter which type of melon you prefer, all of them are enriched in nutrients and water. So, cheers to your summertime favorite fruit!
We hope your summer passes mellifluously with different types of melons.