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Most people don't know that melon, squash, and cucumbers are in the same gourd family.

Honeydew
California is the major domestic producer of honeydew with harvest beginning in June, peaking in September and winding down in November. Arizona and Texas also contribute to a combined 10% of consumption. Central America is the primary supplier of imports with the heaviest volume arriving December through May.

In addition to the popular green-flesh variety, there are hybrid honeydew varieties that tend to have higher sugar levels. Orange-flesh honeydew has a flavor, aroma and texture similar to a cantaloupe. Golden honeydew has a texture and shape similar to a traditional honeydew. However, it has a thinner rind, a beautiful golden exterior and typically higher sugar levels than traditional honeydew.

Other Melons
There are many other varieties of melon that we carry at various times of the year; some of these are Casaba, Crenshaw, Juan Canary, Persian, Santa Claus, Kaua Melons, Pepino Melons, and Melorange. Check our price list for our current offerings.
Handling / Storage
Casaba, Crenshaw, Juan Canary, Persian, Santa Claus, Kaua Melons, Pepino Melon, Melorange
Temperature: 50 F, 10 C; hold cut melon below 45 F, 7.2 C
Relative humidity: 90 - 95%
Mist: No
Typical shelf life: 14 - 21 days
Susceptible to chilling injury

Melons require careful handling to prevent damage. They are sensitive to extreme heat or cold.

Flavor and texture can be improved if product is held for a few days
at 60 F, 15. 6 C, prior to use.

Honeydew
45 - 50 F, 7.2 - 10 C; mature melons can be held at 36 - 38 F
Relative humidity: 90 - 95 percent
Mist: No
Typical shelf life: 14 - 21 days
Ethylene-sensitive
Susceptible to chilling injury

Place unripe product in warmer areas of the produce department.
Honeydew, unlike other melons, does ripen and soften after harvesting when left at room temperature.

FRESH-CUT:
Clean with potable water. Cut with sanitized utensils on a sterile surface. Hold
at 45 F, 7.2 C. On displays above 45 F, use a marking system to identify and discard product after four hours.

Melon Tip
To tell if a melon was mature when picked, take a look at the stem end. A mature melon's vine practically falls off when the picker pulls it away from the vine, so the stem end should be smooth. Immature melons will have a stem end that looks torn.
Packaging
Common PLU's
Honeydew:
3100 - Gold
4034 - Large 5's & larger
4327 - Orange flesh
4329 - Small 6's & smaller

Other:
4317 - Canary
4320 - Casaba
4322 - Crenshaw
Common Varieties
     
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