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Apparently Melon season is here !

over the last few weeks I've had some incredible melons from Monterey Market. one looked like a cantaloupe but had green flesh .... very fragrant and sweet - also juicy. and last night ...... a light skinned melon ( like a honeydew ) but with orange flesh ...... lush, juicy and very sweet. would normally expect melons this ripe in another month or so ...... whatever is going on ....... I'm enjoying it !

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  1. here's a picture of the green fleshed cantaloupe .....

     
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      1. re: OliverB

        the melons I know as honeydew have a smooth skin that is light green towards yellow.

        1. re: gordon wing

          You're right; perhaps it's some sort of hybrid honeyloupe. :)

          I picked up some baby watermelons at TJ's today, though I'm not expecting much because they generally stock pretty crappy produce.

    1. Just a couple weeks ago, I noticed that Monterey Market had labeled an organic melon (of course I can't remember the name) as "sweet"--and I grabbed it--and it....was not (sweet).

      Same thing happened this week w/ organic peaches there.

      So I thought, I must be too early.

      But based on your report, I will hurry back.

      Are your melons with the reverse-colored flesh labeled?

      p.s. I HAVE been getting amazing organic strawberries there.

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      1. re: sundeck sue

        someone brought it to dinner for dessert ..... I didn't see any stickers on it. approach one of the employees maybe ?

      2. Orange-flesh honeydew is one of my favorites and throughout all the years I've had it, has been consistently good and more consistent in sweetness and texture then regular honeydew and cantaloupe throughout the entire season.

        Usually, there's a sticker marking it as orange-flesh honeydew, but visually even from the outside, it has a more orange-ish tinge when put side by side next to regular honeydew.

        1. My current favorite is Hami, which I usually get from 99Ranch.

          1. I had one of the best melons I've ever had last week. I bought it at an Asian market and it wasn't marked, but I'm pretty sure it was a Sharlyn.

             
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            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              That looks much like the one I have from 99, except it has a 'Hami gold' sticker. But looking up sharlyn, I can see why you might think it is that.

              1. re: paulj

                I'll see if I can find a Hami and compare.

            2. With the lord willing and the creek don't rise the Crane Melon Barn opens in 82 days.

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              1. re: wolfe

                I believe the correct term is Creek. As in tribe or nation.

                And we are flooded with melons from Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Gold Melon from Venezuela was a big hit last week.

                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                  I bought that Benjamin Hawkins story for a while but am becoming skeptical after reading this: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-g...
                  I got a really good small( not midget) watermelon at Los Montanas on San Pablo for $2.47 last week.