Melons. melons and more melons

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t’s melon season and the market is full of Sonoma grown melons!
How to pick the perfect melon.
CANARY
Pick: Look for firm melons with a sweet fragrance as a sign that it’s ready to eat.
Prep: Perfect for adding to fruit salads or drinks.
Tip: Tastes similar to cantaloupe but with a distinct sweetness.
CASABA
Pick: Choose melons that are firm with a sweet fragrance.
Prep: Sprinkle ginger, salt or a squeeze of lemon on this fruit for a delicious snack.
Tip: Its juicy, creamy-green flesh is known for its sweet taste.
CRENSHAW
Pick: Look for firm melons with a sweet fragrance and a smooth, waxy surface.
Prep: Use in salsas, smoothies and sorbets for an added refreshing and fruity flavor.
Tip: Keep at room temperature one to two days before serving for a juicier melon.
GALIA
Pick: The deeper the orange color, the higher the sugar content.
Prep: Pair with ginger for a refreshing snack .
Tip: Similar to a cantaloupe on the outside but like a honeydew on the inside.
GOLDEN HONEYDEW
Pick: Once ripe, it’s possible to hear the seeds rattle inside.
Prep: Perfect to add to fruit salads or drinks.
Tip: Its name is inspired by its gold shell.
HAMI
Pick: Known for its floral and sweet aroma.
Prep: Try pairing with cucumber and mint.
Tip: A good source of vitamins A and C.
SANTA CLAUS
Pick: Choose firm melons with a sweet fragrance.
Prep: Great as is or in desserts.
Tip: Name inspired by its availability in winter months.
WATERMELONS (SEEDED)
Pick: A ripe melon should be firm, heavy and bruise-free.
Prep: Enjoy raw, in fruit salads or in fruit platters.
Tip: A good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and lycopene.
WATERMELONS (SEEDLESS)
Pick: Select a melon heavy for its size with a deep-pitched tone when thumped.
Prep: Enjoy raw, in fruit salads or fruit platters.
Tip: Despite the name, all seedless watermelon contain white seeds as well as an occasional black seed.
Now that you’ve picked the perfect melon – some great recipes from Bon Appetit

Our Best Melon Recipes for Cantaloupe, Honeydew, and Watermelon