Galia melons are reminiscent of a cantaloupe, but are larger than most other types of melons and are oftentimes notably sweeter than cantaloupe. They are also characterized by a deep green flesh. A ripe and ready-to-eat Galia melon has a sweet aroma to its skin, and feels firm to the touch all over.
Galia melons are rich in antioxidant flavonoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and cryptoxanthin, an excellent source of Vitamin-A, and a good source of potassium.
Crenshaw melons can be identified by their unique, oblong shape and bright yellowish-green rind. In contrast, the soft, juicy flesh is a beautiful peach color that has a mild, sweet flavor. Some consider the Crenshaw the sweetest variety in the melon family.
Crenshaw melons are an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C.
Canary melons are aptly named for their close resemblance to the bright yellow color of a canary bird. Oblong in shape like the Crenshaw, they boast a unique cream-colored flesh that has a soft, succulent texture. Canary melons are known for the mild, sweet flavor with a hint of tartness similar to a pineapple.
Canary melons are a good source of vitamins A and C and are rich in potassium.
Hami melons are grown in many different varieties with slightly different sizes and shapes, and can weigh 6 and 11 pounds each. The rind and flesh are both a beautiful golden yellow. Recognizable for their firmer bite, Hamis have a unique floral aroma when at their ripest and a sweet, tropical flavor.
Hami melons are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, are rich in antioxidants and are a good source of potassium.
Santa Claus Melon
The Santa Claus melon is recognized for its close outer resemblance to a watermelon, though much smaller in size. It is also known as the Christmas melon, for its long shelf-life into the Christmas season when harvested in late fall. While its familiar green striped exterior looks like a watermelon, the netted skin feels more like a honeydew. The flesh is yellow-green (and sometimes peachy) color.
Santa Clause melons are high in potassium and are a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber.