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50 Different Types of Honeydew Melon

Different types of honeydew melons in one picture.

I grew up in the hills of middle Tennessee just south of Nashville eating one variety of honeydew melon. It had orange flesh but was called cantaloupe. I ate it right along with the other fruits and vegetables that grew in that region and thought nothing of it. I just knew it tasted good (that’s a kid for you.)

Today, there are quite a few varieties or types of honeydew melon, including a few hybrid varieties. This discussion is about types of honeydew melons, one of which is watermelon (that’s what I said, but I swear, it’s on the list!) The next time you go to the grocery store, you’ll know a lot more about honeydew melons than everyone else.

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Did You Know? There Are Over Fifty Types Of Honeydew Melon

1. Melons Are Known For The Colors Of Their Flesh Or The Fruit Inside The Melon. This Is A Melon With Green Flesh

Yellow honeydew melon on white background.

The outside looks like the melon grew inside some kind of netting. It’s hard and has a greenish tinge. When it’s cut, though, the green flesh is tender, sweet, and crisp. This version of the honeydew melon grows wherever the summers are long and hot, and the hotter the better. 

You’ll find this tender morsel scooped out for placement on hors d’oeuvre platters, floating in cut glass bowls of punch, in sorbet, cocktails, popsicles, cool summer salads, and even cooler smoothies. Green flesh honeydew melon goes great in homemade salsa, on kebabs, and just by itself in a heaping bowl of melon goodness.

Honeydew melons are thought to be of Middle Eastern origin, although it was so far back in antiquity that no one knows for sure. No one knows why the sweet thing was considered sacred, but it is thought that the seeds had something to do with it. Did you know that melons are related to cucumbers and squashes?

2. Melons Are Known As Either Cantaloupe, Melon, Or Watermelon (Yes, Watermelon.) Here’s A Yellow Cantaloupe With Green Flesh

Full and sliced green cantaloupe on white background.

Honeydew melons have an outer shell either webbed with whitish veins or a smooth yellow, white, or green color. This particular variety has a yellow outer shell that looks much like squash. The inside is sweet and juicy.

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Try some of Trisha Yearwood’s Prosciutto and Honeydew Bites with Balsamic and Black Pepper, a green melon salad https://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/honeydew, or Cheese Scones filled with Coronation Chicken Salad.

It’s a well-recorded scientific fact that life began in the East. Thus, the food began there, too (also a recorded scientific fact.) Cantaloupe has grown in Egypt’s Nile River Valley since antiquity.

Melons have been found in Egyptian hieroglyphics, so we know that the melon was introduced to the West via Egypt. Did you know that cantaloupes are related to pumpkins?

3. Since Melons Began In The Middle East, Then Japan Should Have Their Melons, Too. Here’s Japanese Green Melon

A whole and two sliced green melon on white background.

Also known as Takami melons, they’re slightly egg-shaped with netting like other melons. These melons have firmer flesh than their cousins, but the taste is just as sweet. Many people have a bowl of melon and other fruit with their breakfast coffee, while others enjoy their Japanese green melon in green as well as fruit salads.

The melon goes over well at parties on cheese platters, paired with chocolate, and in smoothies. 

A hybrid of many types of melons, the Japanese green melon was only born around 1990. They grow the best in Iioka, Japan, where the climate is just right for growing the melons. They’re a tad expensive and only found at specialty grocers in the country.

They can also be found on the iPhone and Android sharing Specialty Produce app.

4. You’d Expect This Melon Name To Closely Resemble Another Fruit. No, Not That One. Ladies And Gentlemen, The Ananas Melon

Freshly cut, sweet yellow melon with greenery on a wooden plate.

Also covered in netting, the rind of this fruit is a golden color. The flesh inside ranges from pure white to green and yellow to orange.

Now, here’s the kicker: the fruit smells faintly like pineapple (you thought we were going to say banana, come on, admit it) with a slight caramel aftertaste, much like a tropical treat. One of the most popular dishes in which to include Ananas melon is cold gazpacho, paired with prosciutto or goat cheese, and the usual cocktails and fruit bowls or salads. 

This type of honeydew melon is quite rare and only grown by specialty growers in America and Europe. Fun fact: Thomas Jefferson grew Ananas melons as well as over 300 types of exotic fruits as well as vegetables in his two-acre garden.

Thank goodness he wrote it all down because this knowledge helps horticulturists grow all kinds of foods. 

5. The Apollo Melon Is Another Hybrid You’ll Want To Consider

Two pieces of sliced melon from a whole on a white background.

This, too, is a hybrid melon with an orange skin upon which there are white stripes. The flesh inside is white, with a whole lot of water, and very sweet. All the reviews rave about the water content of this type of honeydew melon, so the best places to use it are in drinks like smoothies and cocktails, salads, and desserts.

There is little to no research on where this type of melon is grown. However, since honeydew melons are grown in especially hot regions, it stands to reason it will grow in any very hot garden. 

6. It May Be Called Yellow Flesh, But This Is The Orange Flesh Cantaloupe I Grew Up With

Fresh ripe orange melons on a wooden table.

Muskmelon falls into the same family as honeydew melons. When you cross a honeydew green flesh with a muskmelon, you get the orange flesh cantaloupe I grew up eating. It’s the round, netted rind on the outside we associate with most honeydew melons, but the inside flesh is more crisp and sweet like a honeydew than mushy and sweet like a muskmelon.

You won’t find many, if any, recipes incorporating melon into meat or vegetable dishes. The sweetness is more suited to fruity drinks, cold fruit, and green salads, as well as dessert dishes. The colors and the sweetness highlight these foods very well.

The little research I found on orange melon raves about the health benefits such as beta carotene (as much or more than carrots,) Vitamins A, K, B9, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and several other minerals, as well as fiber. 

7. Well, If There’s An American Yellow Flesh Cantaloupe, There Must Be A European One, Oui?

Whole and sliced sweet melon on a wooden table.

Grown for the most part in controlled circumstances in the Haut-Poitou section of the Loire Valley, this honeydew melon also has orange flesh. The flesh is firm, juicy, and has the sweetest flavor. Once again, the flesh is compatible with many types of drinks, salads, and desserts.

We bet you didn’t know you could make homemade ice cream out of an orange flesh cantaloupe!

Along with France, Spain is an extremely large melon-growing region. Also, look for melons coming from Turkey, India, Egypt, and Iran.

8. The Galia Melon Is Another Yellow To Orange Melon Covered With Netting, But Smells Much Like Honey

Whole galia melon sliced in three on a white background.

When a melon’s color deepens from greenish to yellow to orange, it means the sugar content of the melon increases. Ripe Galia melons smell musky and honey-ish. Their flesh ranges between white and green, sweet and firm, with a tropical touch.

Largely an Israeli product (although they’re grown worldwide,) the melon is primarily used in freshly-made desserts in order to savor the sweet flesh. You can also top pancakes, crepes, waffles, yogurt, and grain cereals with this melon.

This type of honeydew melon was a hybrid of a smooth-skin melon and a Russian netted variety. It was named Galia for the daughter of the Israeli breeder who developed the hybrid melon. The popularity of the fruit was so great that Israel developed an agricultural section devoted to the fruit and its export.

The country gifted many business associates worldwide with the seeds, thus granting many countries the impetus to grow the melons.

9. If You Ever See A Melon Shaped Like A Football, Grab It. It’s A Chinese Hami Melon

Fresh sliced hami melon on a white background.

Colored from salmon to brown, green, and yellow with streaks, netting, or a smooth rind, this melon’s flesh ranges from white to orange, and yellow to coral. The firm, crunchy flesh has a sugar content that’s high with a sweet flavor. The bouquet is both fruity and honeyed.

The melon is often used in ice creams and shakes, salads, as a topping for yogurt or cereals, salsa, and, of course, drinks. This particular melon is said to pair well with all kinds of meats and seafood, like shrimp and crab. 

The northwestern city of Hami sent the melon to Beijing as a gift to the emperor as far back as 1,500 years ago. The small town became famous for its melons, so that 1,500 years later, they’re grown in Australia, Europe, Asia, California, Arizona, and Oregon.

10. “Sky Rockets In Flight” Might Cross Your Mind When You Bite Into A Melon Of The Same Name

Two whole melons on a white background.

This melon is round like other honeydew melons with a green skin and green flesh inside. Be prepared for a lot of water from the soft flesh, which is why it’s so often used in drinks. Lots of people eat the Taiwanese fruit right out of the rind; it’s often eaten in the marketplaces as a hydrating solution rather than a bottle of water.

11. It Looks Wrinkly And Rough, But This Melon Packs A Surprise

A fruit plate with sliced melon, orange, and grapes, along with a spoon and fork.

We’re going back to Thomas Jefferson as discussed above. He was friends with the grandson of his childhood schoolmaster. The friend sent Jefferson melon seeds. He said they “combined the properties of the muskmelon and the watermelon.” 

The melon is dark green with wrinkles, but the flesh inside is white to light orange and sweet. The odd thing about this melon is that, even though it’s harvested late in the season, it becomes more sweet and succulent while it’s being stored.

Pair this melon with white wine, feta cheese, mozzarella, and prosciutto. Try it with dark meats like duck.

12. Oddly, The Wildly Popular Watermelon Is In The Same Family As Honeydew Melons

A whole and a sliced watermelon on a cushioned table with a blurry background.

Perhaps because this melon is round to football-shaped, has markings on the smooth skin, and contains seeds, it was grouped into the honeydew melon family. Grown worldwide, this works for almost everyone, because this is the most popular melon ever invented.

It’s sweet, succulent, watery, and tastes incredible. Did you know (I didn’t) that watermelon can offer yellow, orange, pink, white, and yellow-ish-red flesh?

You’ll find watermelon as a flavor in dozens of juices and flavored water drinks. I mix it in my smoothies, but it can be added to ice creams and milkshakes. I buy plastic boxes of the fruit at the grocery store.

Goat cheese, red onions, cucumber, basil and tomato, oysters, pomegranate, and tequila all pair well with this sweet melon.

13. It Looks Much Like A Watermelon, But This Type Of Honeydew Melon Is Used In Tea

A close-up photo of harvested melons on the counter.

It’s the same color as a watermelon, but it looks more like a gourd. Grown in Asia, this gourd/watermelon/honeydew melon has a dark green rind with a light green to white flesh. It tastes like a cross between a pear and a honeydew melon.

While they may look like a watermelon, the flesh is considered a winter vegetable and is cooked like one. It’s used in milk tea as well.

Winter melon pairs well with any squash or cucumber dish, is used in soups, stir-fries, and casseroles, and goes well in stews and dessert dishes. Its seeds are often roasted and eaten like pumpkin seeds, according to Dr. Axe.

14. Luckily, You Don’t Have To Wait Until Autumn To Enjoy This Tasty Melon

Isolated yellow melon on white background.

Much like a golden yellow basketball, this sweet melon is quite high in water content. The flesh is white, sweet, and juicy. They’re called this name because that’s when they ripen. Obviously, due to their high water content, Autumn Sweet melons are used primarily in drinks and smoothies.

They’re also found in salads, appetizers, and soups. Try adding it to your juices when you’re juicing greens; it will add a sweet zip.

15. I Tawt I Taw A – Melon?

A shot of sliced Canary melon isolated in a black background.

It’s called a Canary melon for its bright yellow color. It’s shaped much like a football, except a little smaller. The flesh ranges in color from ivory to white with a touch of green. The taste is sweet and juicy, with a high sugar content. When they’re ripe, canary melons have a tropical, pineapple, and banana aura. 

That aura makes these melon slices good for an appetizer tray, kabobs, salsa, or just by themselves. Try them in both fruit and green salads, topped with herbs as a side, in cold soups like gazpacho, or make it into jams and jellies.

Did you know Canary melon can be used to flavor whipped cream and cake frosting? Canary melons are favorites in Japan and South Korea.

16. This Is A Delicious Play On Words With A Golden Dewlicious Melon

A close up photo slicong golden dewlicious melon on a white cutting board.

A slightly oval, bright yellow fruit, the Golden Dewlicious has ivory to white with green touches in its flesh. This melon’s innards are a little different: the seeds on the inside of the melon form a sort of star shape covered not in stringy webbing but in gelatin.

When they’re ripe, be prepared for that tropical fruity, floral aroma and honey-sweet taste. Did you know you could flavor a cheesecake with Honey Dewlicious melon? You can, as well as a salsa on baked or roasted meats, mixed with cottage cheese, made into sauces, jams, and jellies, or made into a margarita. 

The Australian Melon Festival, held every year outside Brisbane, celebrates the melons grown in that region. California adopted the idea with their Watermelon Festival, which features several of the events Brisbane offers.

The small town just outside Brisbane, Chinchilla, where the melons are grown and celebrated, is known as the melon capital of the world.

17. It’s A Gourd. It’s A Cucumber. No, It’s Bitter Melon!

Gourds islolated with clipping path on a white background.

It does look rather as if a cucumber had a bad hair day, but the fruit is actually a melon. The outside may look wrinkled and rutted, but the flesh inside is pale green, crisp, and watery. Yes, it’s bitter. It’s often used in Asian cooking to balance out sharp flavors, as well as salty and sour flavors. 

Bitter melon was used in Chinese and Ayurveda medicine long before it was used as a food. Its properties are believed to support the immune system, fight cancer, and soothe inflammation, purify and cleanse the blood. The melon is thought to have originated in India before it was taken in trade to China.

18. Wait, There’s No Jolly Old Elf, No Red Outfit, No Sack Full Of Gifts? No, It’s Another Type Of Honeydew Melon

Fresh golden melon hanged in farm.

It’s harvested in the fall, which means it’s still good around the happy holiday. It’s dark green, like a watermelon, but when you cut into a Santa Claus melon, you’ll find a peach or sometimes yellowish-greenish flesh. The flesh is a little soft and a little sweet.

Pair it with a salty-tasting cheese, or prosciutto, add chunks to fruit punches and/or sangria, or add it to smoothies, ice creams, and sorbets.

The festive melon is native to South America and Spain, but it found its way to California and Arizona. After harvest, it’s shipped all over the country to specialty shops just in time for the holidays.

19. No, It Isn’t A Golden Medal, It’s A Golden Melon, But Boy, Is It A Prize

Golden melons lined up in farm.

Another melon shaped a little like a football, it’s bright yellow color fits the “golden” description. The prize is the very sweet, crunchy, juicy bright orange flesh inside. It keeps for a long time and is exported through Central America, Mexico, and South America.

This melon pairs well with lime, cilantro, mint, and anything tart to add balance. Add to salsa, sauces, and sangria. Rice pilaf, salads, and meat dressings all benefit from the sweetness of golden prize melons.

20. Doesn’t Taste A Thing Like A Limon

Four slices of honeydew melon on a white background.

Most states’ universities have Schools of Agriculture. These schools specialize in one or two things, such as cultivating certain types of plants or trees, cattle or other livestock with certain characteristics, or even fish with a hardier life.

North Carolina State University is the only place where Sprite honeydew melons are cultivated and grown. Although the melon originated in Japan, North Carolina has been a major supplier for almost 30 years.

About the size of a grapefruit, the melon has white skin. Its white flesh tastes like a cross between a pear, a watermelon, and a honeydew melon. It’s crisp instead of soft and sweet. Use this type of honeydew melon in drinks, smoothies, salads, and as a pairing with asparagus, sausages, salmon, and a pancetta and cambozola cheese dish. 

21. You’ll Knock Out More Diners With This Melon Than The Fighter Did In The Movies

Harvested yellow-orange melon piled on the counter.

The Rocky sweet melon is a type of honeydew melon with a yellowish-orangey skin with lime green to paler green flesh the closer you get to the seeds. The taste is like a cross between honeydew and cantaloupe.

The snag is that they don’t have a lifespan, so to speak, so look at farmer’s markets for this type of melon. Rocky melons are found in all the applications in this list, including drinks, smoothies, ice creams, and salads, paired with cheeses and peanuts, served as a topping in cottage cheese and yogurt, as well as pairing with certain meats.

Muskmelons came to the New World with Christopher Columbus, who set the stage for today’s hybrids like the Rocky sweet melon. Today, they’re grown as specialty foods.

22. There’s Life In The Desert With This Relative Of The Watermelon

Farmer picking an organic melon over green plants.

Known to the sands of the desert (several of them) in Africa, the Tsamma melon is a close relative of the more popular watermelon. The desert-dwelling animals eat it for its water content. The essential oils garnered from the melon’s seeds are a vital ingredient in skin moisturizing preparations. 

While the outside is green and striped like a watermelon, on the inside it tastes more like its cousin, the bitter melon. The flesh is pale greenish-yellow to white and has no discernible taste, although the flesh ranges from somewhat sweet to bitter.

The African peoples of Namibia use all parts of the plant in cooking. The leaves are cooked much like spinach, the flesh is cooked in stews, and the seeds are roasted and eaten by themselves. The seeds are also made into flour.

23. It’s Not An Expression Of Dislike, But A Quite Nutritious And Beneficial Melon

A melon smoothie on a glass with sliced melons behind.

When you read the word GAC, you immediately think “eeewww.” Not so. This is a melon colored much like an orange, only darker. Its skin is spiny and round. Technically part of the gourd family, this melon contains dark red pulp with yellowish flesh.

The taste is mild and likened to a cucumber. However, the health benefits are amazing: the fruit helps protect against cancer, strengthens the immune system, and its beta-carotene content is more than sweet potatoes or carrots, which are good for the eyes.

A native of southeast Asia, the fruit and its pulp are used in Asian cooking, especially in Thai foods. One suggestion is to use it in tomato sauce for use on pizza or in spaghetti.

24. This Is Another Variation Of A Chinese Honeydew Melon, Gifted To Them From An American Vice-President

Two slices of bailan melon ona wooden table.

Vice President Henry A. Wallace gifted China with melon seeds that he chose from his seed company. The melon is called Bailan but is popularly called the Chinese version of Wallace, Hualaishi, in the Gansu province where they’re grown.

They can look like anything from yellow to white, from green to orange, with pale green flesh. Its taste is mild with a tinge of bitterness.

Presumably, since they’re Chinese in nature, the Bailan melon would pair well with rice dishes, salads, fruity drinks, and smoothies, along with meat dishes. Try it in desserts and as a topping for cereals, oatmeal, or other grain cereals.

25. When We Hear The Word Snap, We Immediately Think Of House And His Sarcastic Answers. This, However, Is A Type Of Melon

A whole brownish melon on a white background.

Looking like an oval type of melon, this is a brownish-looking food with whiteish flesh and lots of brownish seeds in a gelatinous mass. The flesh can, though, come in yellow and orange. Before maturity, the melon is pickled, eaten raw, or cooked like a vegetable. When ripe, the melons are used in desserts. 

Native to India and still mass-produced there, snap melons are used as a skin preparation, both for moisturizing and as a sunburn remedy.

26. A Type Of Honeydew Melon Called A Jelly Melon? Check It Out

A whole and two slices of jelly mellon in straw basket.

Also orange with spikes much like the GAC melon, this melon is native to south and central Africa. It’s also known as Kiwano melon, jelly melon, spiked melon, and an African horned cucumber. But it’s the inside that’s so fascinating: a mass of lime-green seeds surrounded by yellow flesh. 

Much like a cucumber, you can eat the skin of the horned melon. Those who have tasted them say the sweet melons taste like zucchini, passionfruit, cucumbers, bananas, and limes. Its high water content makes this melon a must for desert survival.

A word of caution: when the melons approach overripeness, they will explode in order to divest themselves of their seeds.

27. The Banana Melon Doesn’t Resemble The Banana Nor Taste Like One

A whole ripe pale-yellow banana melon on white background.

If it weren’t for the word melon, you’d wonder why it’s called the banana melon.  The skin color is the same. The shape is a bit gourd-ish. In fact, wild bananas used to look much like this.

It’s the flesh, though, that surprises here. It’s peach-colored, but with a tangy spicy taste to it. The skin can be eaten right alongside its sweet flesh. 

Most of the research pairs melon with lots of great foods, but doesn’t mention banana melon. They just mention bananas. So go with it: combine your banana melon in smoothies, fruity punches, shakes, and ice creams. Use it in salads and as a stand-alone healthy snack.

28. Since Each Asian Country Has Their Own Type Of Honeydew Melon, It Just Makes Sense That Koreans Have Theirs, Too

A whole and a slice of korean melon on a white background.

Another melon resembling a watermelon, except bright yellow with white stripes, this Asian fruit originated in Korea, spread to Japan and China, and is also grown in California. This melon, too, can be eaten like a cucumber, skin and all. You can even consume the seeds as you would those in a cucumber. 

The whole inside, white flesh, seeds and all, are juicy, sweet, and crisp, though not as crisp as a cucumber. The taste is like a cross between pear and cantaloupe, although some think it tastes like a cucumber, thus the descriptions.

Not many fruits, much less melons, can be used as edible serving bowls, but this one can. Fill it with salads, yogurt, or soft cheeses. Wrap it in prosciutto. Use it in salsa. Fill flaky pastry with it. Let us know how you liked Korean melon. 

29. Like The Man Said, “Let’s Get The Party Started” With A Kiss Melon (Thanks, Gene Simmons)

Kiss melon filled with melon balls on a whote background.

Of the non-GMO hybrid melons, the Kiss comes in four varieties: the summer Kiss, the Kiss Limon, the sugar Kiss, and the honey Kiss. This Kiss is a hybrid of the Hami melon, sweet enough to melt in your mouth, and tasting like lemonade.

Kiss melons are best used fresh, such as in melon balls as appetizers, in fruit salads, and in frozen drinks. Kiss melons pair well with white wine, tequila, and champagne. 

You’ll find Kiss melons celebrated in China during the Melon Festival, where they were celebrated by ancient Chinese royalty for their sweet taste. 

30. Seems A Terrible Shame To Eat Such An Artistic Abstract, Well, Food

A Picasso melon isolated on a whote background.

Okay, it’s not a canvas and it’s not really Pablo, but the Picasso melon certainly looks as if the famous artist tried his hand at coloring them. He didn’t stay inside the lines, though, because Picasso melons have specks and almost lines of green and yellow on a canvas-white skin.

The flesh inside is also white and sweet. We can’t tell you much about the melon, except that its debut was in June of 2021, and its name was chosen due to the abstract appearance of its specks and lines.

Use the Picasso melon in dessert dishes, as appetizers, in drinks, as well as in yogurts, ice creams, smoothies, and in fruit punches.

31. It’s A Bean. No, It’s A Gourd. No, It’s A Melon. Well, It’s Actually All Three

A pile of calabash melons hanging on vines.

As the Calabash Melon grows, it can be harvested when it looks like a bean or a long cucumber. In that state, it tastes and is used as a vegetable. As it matures, it grows into a bottle shape, sometimes round, sometimes gourd-shaped. Oddly, as matured plants, the fruit is used more often as utensils and containers.

When the Calabash melon is fresh, it’s a green color with white flesh. More is written about the Calabash gourd and its uses as a musical instrument and container. If you run across this type of honeydew melon, try using it in the same applications as other melons and let us know how it turned out.

32. We’ve Talked About Asian Melons. Now We Have One That’s French

Sliced melons on green plants background.

Also known as the French cantaloupe, this melon is dark green to a tan color with green stripes. Generally famous for Charentais melons is the town in which they’re grown, Cavaillon. A celebration known worldwide is held each year to recognize the fruit and its royalty and popes that loved it.

The flesh is the orange color of a cantaloupe, firm, juicy, and sweet. The French melon’s sugar content is high. It has a slightly acidic taste with a floral aura. Charentais melon pairs well with sweet wines, cocktails, and fruit punches. Try it on roasted meats, strong cheeses like feta, and with chocolate.

33. Everything You Need To Know About Malaysia’s Golden Langkawi Melon Is In Its Name

Fresh Malaysian golden Langkawi melon in the garden being nurtured to be harvest with a farmer.

This Asian melon begins white and ends up a bright golden yellow. The flesh inside is white with a high sugar and water content. This makes the melon juicy, crunchy, and sweet.

Use these melons in sweet applications such as desserts, smoothies, and fruit punches. Use it in fruit and green salads, in cold soups, and paired with strong cheeses, nuts, and tart fruits on appetizer platters.

34. This Picture Makes A Pretty Fruit Bowl Out Of A Crenshaw Melon, Doesn’t It?

Two golden colored Crenshaw melon isloated in a plain white background.

You have a choice of Crenshaw melons: yellow with green stripes or a golden melon. Its flesh is a light peach to orange. It has a high water content, making it juicy and sweet. It’s thought that the Crenshaw is a cross between a Turkish melon and the Casaba. Growers love the more rare green melon, but the white is the more popular.

Use this sweet melon in the aforementioned applications: in fruit platters, on yogurts and cereals, in sweet drinks, in salads and cold soups, on meats and strong cheeses, and in ice cream, or just by itself for a sweet, juicy snack.

35. This Melon Is Rarely, If Ever, Seen In America, But Might Be Purchased From Asian Grocery Stores

The Honey Globe Melon is white with white flesh (some melons are greenish with greenish flesh) and high in sugar content. That makes this succulent melon very sweet, as its weight is about 20 percent sugar. Use it in many of the applications listed above, such as sweet drinks, smoothies, ice creams, fruit salads, and as a snack by itself.

Close up photo of a sliced Honey Globe Melon isolated in a white background.

36. You Would Expect A Melon Named Jade Dew To Be Chinese In Nature, But It’s A Member Of The Honeydew Family

Green Cantaloupe melons being nurtured in a greenhouse to protect the fruits from danger.

A pale green globe that can deepen to dark green in the sun, this melon has a hint of webbing on the shell. The flesh is pale yellowish with a crunch to it and a sweet taste. It, too, has around 15 percent sugar, which accounts for the sweetness.

This melon can also be added to salads, fruit platters, desserts, sweet drinks, and any other applications for which we’ve listed melons. 

37. This Type Of Honeydew Melon Is Very Expensive, And You Won’t Find It In The Grocery Store

The rare Ten me melon on the ground ready to be harvested.

The reason for that is that the Ten Me melon is only grown by select growers in select locales. It’s exclusively served in five-star restaurants in salads and in the kind of sorbet that cleanses the palate between courses. The ripe fruit is a pale yellow color with a bit of webbing.

The flesh inside is white, juicy, and very sweet. There isn’t a lot of information available on the Ten Me melon; it’s that rare. If you ever get to try it at one of those fancy restaurants, let us know what it was like.

38. The Reason For The Name Of This Melon Is A Mystery, But What’s In A Name?

Zoom in photo of a camouflage melon with it's unique camouflaging fruit skin isolated in a white background.

It’s called a Camouflage melon, and no one knows why. They look like a watermelon, taste like a honeydew melon, and are juicy, soft, and sweet. It drips juice like a watermelon but can be eaten raw like a cantaloupe.

There’s no information on where it originated, but use it in any recipes in which you’d use other types of honeydew melon.

39. Crane Melons Slightly Resemble Picasso Melons, But They’re A Taste All To Themselves

Sliced Crane melon with it's yellowish fruit skin with dark green spots in it's skin on a table.

The Crane melon is a bit pear-shaped, but it weighs in at seven pounds. Its skin is yellowish-orangey with dark green spots, much like a Picasso melon. The orange flesh is sweet, succulent, and has overtones of honey, orange blossom, and rose.

The melon was invented by Oliver Crane, as the soil on his farm is the only soil in which this melon can grow properly. It’s a cross between several types of honeydew melon, and the unique taste is the result of this soil, the climate, and the way in which it’s farmed.

The melon is almost never found in stores, but if you happen to be in Sonoma County, look up the Crane farm. If you can buy the fruit, pair it with strong and salty cheeses, prosciutto, champagne, as well as other fruits.

40. What Looks Like A Cantaloupe, But Isn’t? The Persian Melon

An oblong shaped melon also known as the Persian Melon isolated in a white background.

Used to cross-breed any number of hybrids, this type of honeydew melon comes in all kinds of netted colors the same as cantaloupes. Also known as the Odessa melon, this melon tastes much like cantaloupe, but its buttery, mild taste is a little different. It will feel quite heavy due to its high sugar and water content.

This muskmelon-cantaloupe-tasting fruit is used much like any other melon. Try caramelizing the fruit so that its sugars rise above the rest. It can be paired with avocado, berries, strong cheeses, and meats that are cured. Try it in cool drinks and desserts.

41. It May Not Be Bouncy Or Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, But It’s Colored Much Like Tigger

Unique colored melon called tigger melon with it's red and orange striped-colors isolated in a white background.

Yes, there is actually a Tigger melon. It’s orange and striped like its namesake. The white flesh is juicy and sweet with a taste comparable to pear and cantaloupe. It’s about the size and weight of a softball.

Not generally well known, the Tigger melon isn’t advertised like other melons. They can be found in farmer’s markets as a specialty item.

Since the melon is more “personal” sized, cut it in half and top it with yogurt, cheeses, nuts, and fruits. Tiggers can be used in cold preparations as well as paired with cured meats and strong cheeses. Puree it for adding to drinks and cocktails.

42. If A Melon Can Look Like A Football, A Pear, Or A Gourd, Why Can’t One Look Like A Gherkin?

Close up photo of numerous gherkin cucumis anguria or also known Cucumber melon on a wooden basket.

Well, we’ve seen types of honeydew melon that look like a variety of things, but this one closely resembles, and in fact is called, a gherkin or cucumber melon. This melon is shaped like a pickle and is also known as the West Indian gherkin. It’s included in a family that numbers gourds, melons, squash, and cucumbers among its members. 

Maroon cucumber melons are bright green with spines or bumps. The flesh is light green with seeds. The crunchy food is firm and has a strong taste. Oddly, the fruit can be fried, stewed, or used in meat and vegetable recipes. It pairs well with chicken, sausages, and ham. Use it with cabbage, carrots, and okra.

43. It’s Not The Nectar Of The Gods, But The Ambrosia Melon Ain’t Half Bad

Close up photo of a sliced Ambrosia melon with it's yellow orange inside flesh isolated in a white background.

It looks like your everyday cantaloupe, but the Ambrosia melon is much sweeter than your ordinary cantaloupe. Its orange flesh is quite high on the sugar content scale, so the tender, juicy flesh will be quite sweet.

It has a honey-floral kind of aura to it. Ambrosia melons don’t ship well, but can be grown in home gardens as a highly prized melon.

Ambrosia melons can be used in multiple applications in the kitchen, from fruit bowls to cereal toppings, from salsa and sauces to ice cream and other desserts. Pair it with strong tastes like walnuts, cilantro, hazelnut, and basil. 

44. Another Cucumber Called A Melon, But You Can Eat This Little Guy Right Off The Vine

Zoom in photo of a fruit called Cucamelon with it's tree leaves in the wooden table.

They look like baby watermelons, taste like a cucumber, and can be eaten right off the vine. Cucamelons are about an inch or so long, with a bit of a citrusy zing. They love to snuggle beneath the leaves on the vine, so you have to keep an eye on them while they’re growing.

Pick them when they’re about an inch long. Any longer than that, and they’ll be too bitter to eat.

You can eat their white flesh plain, or you can put them in your salad. Cucamelons go nicely in salsa, or pickled and put up as pickles. Add them to anything to which you add cucumber, such as cold soups.

45. Honeydew Melons Have Varying Colors Of Flesh. This One Is Orange

Close up photo of a sliced honeydew orange melon isolated in a white background.

Tasting more like a muskmelon than a honeydew, this creamy-colored melon offers a spicy, tangy orange flesh that’s firm and juicy. The Honeydew Orange gives off a honeyed kind of floral aura. It’s best used in cold preparations like salads and soups, frozen drinks, and desserts.

Use it in kebobs, pair it with other fruits like berries, and add it to tomatoes, cilantro, feta cheese, and mozzarella.

46. We Have A Tigger Melon. Why Not A Tweety? Hold The Feathers

Zoom in photo of a sliced Tweety melon isolated in a blue thick cloth.

Bright yellow melons put us all in mind of Canary melons, yes? The Tweety melon is a hybrid of Canary and something else that gives the melon a nice disease resistance. The flesh segues from pale green to white to salmon around the seed pod. It’s crisp and smells like tropical fruit. 

Use the Tweety melon as you would any other cantaloupe. Slice it up for a raw and sweet snack. Puree it to use in frozen drinks, shakes, and fruit punches. Add it to kebobs with tomatoes and pork chunks. Top yogurt, ice cream, cereals, and desserts with Tweety melon.

47. When You Can’t Wait For Your Honeydew Melons To Come In, Grow Bodacious Melons. They Come In Early

Zoom in photo of sliced Budacious hybrid melon together wuth it's vines on a table.

Bodacious isn’t just something Jethro would say in The Beverly Hillbillies. It’s a type of honeydew melon that doesn’t wait until fall to come in. It looks like any other honeydew melon with a pale green soft, sweet, and juicy flesh.

There isn’t much information regarding the origin of some of these melons; most research deals with growing them in your own garden instead of trying to find them for sale.

Otherwise, use them in your cooking like you would use any other type of honeydew melon: in drinks, frozen preparations like ice cream and smoothies, salads, as a garnish for baked meats, and as a contrast to certain vegetables and cheeses.

48. It’s Called The Muskateer Melon, But I Wouldn’t Expect To See Richard Chamberlain Holding One

Close up photo of a musk melon with two slices isolated in a white background.

An additional hybrid type of honeydew melon, this is yet another selection of “personal” sized melons. It weighs in at about a pound, with a white exterior, a white interior, and a sweet, honey flavor.

Eat your “personal” Muskateer melon raw as a snack, or add it to any of the applications listed here for honeydew melons: in fruit and cold vegetable salads, in drinks and frozen preparations like smoothies and shakes, and in cold desserts.

Add it to cakes, ice cream, and as a topping for cereals and other grain preparations.

49. It’s Not A Papaya. It’s Not A Melon. It’s A Cross Between The Two, And It Tastes Great

Zoom in photo of a sliced Papaya dew melon in a white plate.

A Papaya Dew melon is a hybrid type of honeydew melon. Its grayish-greenish shell turns yellowish-white when it gets ripe. The soft, sweet, orange flesh inside releases an exquisite, tropical aroma.

There is no information on this hybrid’s origins, so when you find one, celebrate! Use this flavorful Papaya Dew melon in cold preparations like drinks and salads, as a garnish for vegetable dishes, use with strong cheeses, and top cereals, ice cream, and other desserts with this juicy melon.

50. Say Hello To An Extra Type Of Honeydew Melon That Closely Resembles, And Is Called, Mango

Zoom in photo of a fresh Vine peach melon or mango melon with knife beside it ready to be sliced.

About the size of a peach and roughly colored like one, the Mango melon, tastes a lot like the mango, pictured above. Doesn’t it resemble melon slices? The melon offers orange flesh that has a tropical kind of taste.

Add these sweet and pretty melon slices to a fresh fruit platter, salads, and cold soups. Add as a garnish to baked meats, vegetable dishes, as well as rice dishes. Use in desserts and cold drinks, frozen treats, and cocktails. Let us know some of the recipes in which you use Mango melon.

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