Santa Claus melon?
My local market had all sorts of special melons on sale for $2.50 today and I picked one I hadn't seen before - Santa Claus. No one there could tell me about it, though. It is sort of football shaped with dark green and white mottled skin. Anyone know it and can tell me what characteristics I can expect before I cut it open?
So did you ever try that melon?
You inspired me to buy one. I lucked out and got it at it's perfect lush ripeness ... oh my, oh my.
However with that thick tough skin ... one of the thickess and most difficult to cut in of any melon ... it gave NO indication of how ripe it was ... no smell, no color ... nothing.
One more day, even one more hour and this melon would have been too ripe. The only indication was at the stem end where there was an unnoticably micro-tiny ring of brown.
What a lush melon, like the sweetest, juciest type of melon ... you almost needed to eat it over a sink to not get juice over everything.
Supposedly these will keep for months, but my melon was ready and wouldn't have made it any longer.
They are also called Christmas melons because they reach their peak flavor around December.
Thank you SO much for your post!! I haven't tried it yet because I got a little ambitious with a peck of peaches at the same time and I could actually smell that the peaches needed to be eaten first. And the Christmas melon doesn't have a scent at all yet and now I know why!
Thank you for the tips -- I will report back.
re: Terrie H.
Yeah, it doesn't appear you need to be in a hurry to break into it. Keep an eye out on the stem end to see if there is any brown (look closely). Maybe press the end to see if there is any give. Don't know about that last since I didn't try that.
That skin is more like a winter squash than a melon, but the interior is pure melon.