Five favourite melons to keep you cool this summer
Do you know your melons? Today we take a closer look at galia, cantaloupe, futuro, honeydew and watermelon and reveal some delicious ways to enjoy them.
Juicy, sweet and refreshing. Melons are some of summer’s most popular fruits with their high water content and mouth-watering aroma making them the ultimate thirst-quenchers when it’s hot. Incredibly, there are over 750 different types of melon. But today, we look at five of the most popular.
1. Cantaloupe: the Italian job
Like all melons, the cantaloupe is related to the cucumber belongs to the cucurbit family. The cantaloupe, which is also known as sugar melon, has bright orange flesh and originated in the small town Cantalupo near Rome. A light to dark green skin is criss-crossed by sand-coloured grooves, while the flesh inside is deliciously sweet. Our tip: try grilling melon. Drizzle with lemon-thyme sauce for a unique BBQ treat this summer!
2. Honeydew: a yellow ball of energy
Other names for the honeydew melon include White Antibes or the Amarillo melon. This oval fruit is bright yellow and although originally grown in Africa and China, it is now cultivated in Italy, Spain and Greece too. Its skin is smooth or has gentle ridges. The flesh inside ranges from yellow to pale green or even white. The pips are grouped in the centre and can be easily removed. An open melon will keep for two or three days in the fridge when covered with foil to keep it fresh. Our tip: honeydew melon adds a fresh note to shakes, summer soups and even chutneys. Or enjoy a few thin slices with ham.
3. Watermelon: the green giant
With a water content of 95%, this giant fruit is the heaviest melon and is usually sold pre-cut. Sugar Baby and Crimson Sweet are two of many varieties. Watermelons have a dark green exterior with deep reddy-pink flesh inside that tastes sweet and refreshing. A Crimson Sweet has light green stripes that break up the dark green. Whether mixed into a smoothie, used for a Frozen Margarita, or eaten as a picnic snack, there’s no end to the watermelon’s talents.
4. Galia: Parma ham’s fruity friend
Galia melons have a rough exterior and are round. Once ripe, they give off a mouth-watering, sweet aroma and the skin becomes slightly wrinkly. The flesh is a popular ingredient for fruit salads and can also be added to muesli and desserts. But it tastes just as good with savoury ingredients. Serve with traditional Parma ham or rosemary gammon.
5. Futuro: a rugby ball shaped treat
This melon is also known as “Piel de Sapo” which translates roughly as “toad’s skin”. But we think the fruit looks more like a dark green rugby ball with a yellow pattern. Left whole, futuro melons can be stored for longer periods. The flesh has a crunchy texture and tastes sweet and refreshing. It’s a popular choice in Spain where slices of fresh melon are eaten with the country’s famous Serrano ham.
As you can see – no two melons are the same! Whether eaten with sweet or savoury ingredients, added to smoothie or tossed on the BBQ, we can’t get enough of these vitamin-packed fruits. Here’s to a summer as sweet and intense as our five melons!