Melons are a deliciously versatile fruit that go with just about any kind of dish. They’re known to taste great when they’re served as a snack, but they also go really well in salads and even some desserts.
I love to have them as a smoothie in the morning or as a dessert after dinner.
I can’t think of any other fruit that has such a sweet and refreshing taste!
What’s even more rewarding is growing your own melons and then juicing them- what a rewardingly savory way to start your day!
Check out some of my favorite types of melons below and consider adding them to your garden.
- 23 Types Of Melons
- #1: Camouflage Melon (Cucumis melo ‘Santa Claus’)
- #2: Banana Melon (Cucumis melo)
- #3: Bailan Melon (Cucumis melo Inodorus)
- #4: Cucamelon Melon (Melothria scabra)
- #5: Autumn Sweet Melon (Cucumis melo)
- #6: Ambrosia Melon (Cucumis melo ‘Ambrosia’)
- #7: Crane (Cucumis melo)
- #8: Ananas (Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis)
- #9: Bitter (Momordica charantia)
- #10: Persian (Cucumis melo)
- #11: Crenshaw (Cucumis melo var. Inodorus ‘Crenshaw’)
- #12: Gac (Momordica cochinchinensis)
- #13: Honey Globe (Cucumis melo var. Inodorus ‘Honey Globe’)
- #14: Casaba (Cucumis melo var. Inodorus ‘Golden Casaba’)
- #15: Santa Claus (Cucumis melo var. inodorous ‘Sancho’)
- #16: Honeydew (Cucumis melo var. inodorus – H.Jacq)
- #17: Snap (Cucumis melo momordica)
- #18: Winter (Benincasa hispida)
- #19: Canary (Cucumis melo var. Inodorus ‘Canary’)
- #20: Galia (Cucumis melo var. Reticulatus ‘Galia’)
- #21: Armenian Cucumber (Cucumis melo var. Flexuosus)
- #22: Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo var. Cantalupensis)
- #23: Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)
As you shall note in the segment that follows, melons come in diverse types. For this reason, it is never really possible to find a unifying formula for caring for them. The exact steps and tips to follow largely vary as per each kind of melon in question.
Nevertheless, there are certain basics you have to abide by. For one, the melon has to be planted in well-drained soils as they are averse to clogging. Then, they have to be placed strategically to be wholly exposed to the exterior sunshine. This is because they require plenty of sunshine to grow to maturation.
Though not really a care regime, you must also be mindful of the seasons in which each variety is likely to do well. Proper timing can make or break the situation. Try and mark your calendars well in advance and adhere strictly to the timeline set forth or recommended for that species. This is to prevent any mismatches that may ultimately compromise the proper growth and development of the variety.
Lastly, you have to implement basic ergonomic practices such as pruning, weeding, and spraying with pesticides. These are to combat pests and encourage the melons to grow to their full potentials. Try as much as possible to avoid overwatering as this may only serve to weaken the leaves considerably.
23 Types Of Melons
Below are the 23 leading types of melons we have today:
#1: Camouflage Melon (Cucumis melo ‘Santa Claus’)
The melon is christened ‘Santa Claus’ as it gets ready for harvesting in December, just in time for Christmas eve. It originated from Spain. Its appearance is that of a watermelon whereas its taste is that of honeydew. For a large part, it finds wider applicability in cold beverages.
#2: Banana Melon (Cucumis melo)
Is so-called because it resembles a banana, at least on the outside. Its interior however takes after the cantaloupe. The flesh that forms its interior is peach-orange in color and exudes a unique sweet-savory taste. Though the flesh is orange in color, it smells much like a banana. Such succulent white flesh from these sweet melons.
#3: Bailan Melon (Cucumis melo Inodorus)
Balian is widely cultivated in Lanzhou, China. It belongs to the honeydew family and has a distinctively yellow-orange color. Complementing this color are a series of white nets and rinds. As for the interior flesh, they are juicy and succulent but not really that sweet. Many use it to treat indigestion.
#4: Cucamelon Melon (Melothria scabra)
With a refreshingly sour and mild sweet taste, Cucamelon doubles up as a very cute fruit to behold with the naked eyes. Their exterior bears some common pickles much like the standard cucumbers. The interior flesh is sweet enough for the garnish, fruit salads, and cocktails. Diabetic persons will find this variety of melon quite handy.
#5: Autumn Sweet Melon (Cucumis melo)
Autumn sweet is called that way as it ripens in the mid-summer to fall periods. The fruit is tiny and contains a distinctively sweet taste. Its flesh, which is primarily responsible for the sweetness, is white to golden rind in color. It is generally great for making smoothies and juices owing to its commercial stature. What tasty, juicy flesh!
#6: Ambrosia Melon (Cucumis melo ‘Ambrosia’)
If all you want from the fruit of this kind is maximum sweetness, then Ambrosia is the one to get your hand on. Though palpable, the fruit does not look really great on the outside. You will grasp and make use of it to spruce up your meats, salty cheeses, capicola, and salami.
#7: Crane (Cucumis melo)
Like the Ambrosia above, Crane is also extremely palpable, very juicy, and floral in appearance. It derives its origins from California and was bred by crossing Ambrosia, Persian, and Japanese varieties. The item is generally renowned for its smooth and yellow-green spotted rind. On the flip side, the fruit does have a very short lifespan. What beautiful yellow skin!
#8: Ananas (Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis)
Apart from raw consumption, this Melon may also be used to spice up foods. Overall, it is extremely delicious and heavily spicy. The fruit derives its name from the French word of pineapple owing to the spiky exterior that it takes after. The next time you want to spice up your food, you know where to run to.
#9: Bitter (Momordica charantia)
Right from its designation, you can straight away tell that this fruit has a bitter taste. It traces its origins from the Indian subcontinent but nonetheless grows all over the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa. Because it is bitter, it is largely valued for its immune-boosting and antioxidant characteristics.
#10: Persian (Cucumis melo)
Seeking a snack to munch in your free time? Set your eyes on this melon owing to its sweet and crunchy taste. The plant is a cultivar of the musk melon family. In a nutshell, it is smooth and elongated whereas its exterior bears a yellow band. The flesh proper is orange and extremely succulent.
#11: Crenshaw (Cucumis melo var. Inodorus ‘Crenshaw’)
Crenshaw is a hybrid of the Casaba and the Persian melons respectively. It does exceedingly well in many areas around the world. On the whole, the fruit is medium to large in size. Further to this, its exterior bears some green-yellow appearance with some ridges crisscrossing its length.
#12: Gac (Momordica cochinchinensis)
Gac is ovular in shape and is slightly over 5 inches long. Its rind is spiky whereas its exterior is dark orange to red in color. This variety is mainly handy for the preparation of foods where it plays the role of spicing the same. Many who have tasted it raw have found it to be extremely delicious.
#13: Honey Globe (Cucumis melo var. Inodorus ‘Honey Globe’)
Originally from Southeast Asia, this subspecies is widely cultivated in the whole world. It prides itself on taking a very short duration of time to grow to maturation. In all, it bears a round shape and an extremely succulent interior flesh. When fully matured, it can weigh roughly 10 pounds.
#14: Casaba (Cucumis melo var. Inodorus ‘Golden Casaba’)
Casaba possesses a unique outlook that readily distinguishes it from other varieties. The outer part of the subspecies is crisscrossed by striped ridges. As for the taste, well it pretty much resembles the Asian pear or the cucumber. Other than edibility, the fruit may also be used for matters of aesthetics.
#15: Santa Claus (Cucumis melo var. inodorous ‘Sancho’)
Resembles the Camouflage above, with the exception of being easily conspicuous. Likewise, it also blooms and ripens on Christmas Eve. It has a distinctively mild and sweet taste. The variety originates from Spain but has nonetheless spread to many other parts of the world.
#16: Honeydew (Cucumis melo var. inodorus – H.Jacq)
Honeydew thrives as an annual vine and bears a frost-tender interior. Of all the varieties we have, this is the most commercially viable. Due to this, it is widely grown on a commercial scale. As its name implies, the variety is sweet, mild-flavored, and has a smooth waxy rind.
#17: Snap (Cucumis melo momordica)
Native to the Asian continent, this is also an annual climbing vine. The interior of the fruit is soft and tender. Unlike many others of its kind, it is self-fertile in that it pollinates itself without the intervention of third-party insects. Its taste is somewhat sour to the mouth.
#18: Winter (Benincasa hispida)
The ‘winter’ melon is called thus as it does bear an exceptionally long shelf life, not really because it grows in the winter seasons. Its long life stems from the fact that it has waxy skin that acts to prevent the interior from direct exposure to external weather elements.
#19: Canary (Cucumis melo var. Inodorus ‘Canary’)
Canary belongs to the same group as the Casabas, Crenshaw, and the honeydews. Its skin is bright yellow and is much tangier than the real honeydews. Its interior flesh is pale greenish in color and bears a soft texture when the same is finally ripe. One advantage of the fruit is that it takes a paltry 80 days to bear fruit.
#20: Galia (Cucumis melo var. Reticulatus ‘Galia’)
Galia is an artificial fruit in the sense of being a crossbreed between the honeydew and the cantaloupe varieties. Typically, the fruit is round in shape and bears heavily netted rind. The flesh is delivered some sweet and spicy flavor. By and large, the fruit does well in extremely warm climates such as in the tropics.
#21: Armenian Cucumber (Cucumis melo var. Flexuosus)
Armenian cucumber tastes like and resembles the cucumber. It also thrives as an annual vine and has a frost-tender interior flesh. As opposed to many other variants, this one does well in colder rather than warmer or tropical climates. Its fruits are long and slender whereas the skin is greenish in color.
#22: Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo var. Cantalupensis)
Cantaloupe comes in two main variants. These are the North American and the European, respectively. Both of these types bear sweet-tasting succulent flesh that is also orange in color. In many areas, they are used for breakfasts as they provide excellent sources of vitamins. When they bloom, they produce yellow flowers that are very aesthetic.
#23: Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)
Wrapping up the list of the leading melons we have is the watermelon. This fruit is native to Africa but has nonetheless been transported and cultivated elsewhere. The exterior is greenish whereas its interior is red in color. Out of all these, it is the watermelons that have the highest moisture contents. As such, it is widely used for rehydrating the body after a loss of moisture.
It is no secret that melons are not only sweet but also succulent. This indeed is a kind of fruit that you desperately want to make a part and parcel of your diet. As with any other fruit of its kind, melons are also available in many shades and forms.
To enjoy the most that these wonderful fruits have to offer, you definitely have to know about the various types and kinds they come in. We are going to do beyond that. Other than identifying and explaining the leading kinds of melons, we shall also discuss how to care for them.
Your choice of the melon is largely dependent on your motive. If you are a farmer, you want to be sure that the variety you have in mind is likely to do well in the region you are in. Take some time to educate yourself about the soil and climatic characteristics of the area you are in first and foremost.
Then, think of the ergonomic practices that may be implemented to grow the melon to maturation. Of course, you have to be mindful of the nutritional value of the fruit as it also determines the profitability of the fruit altogether. Lastly, think of the other uses to which the variety your eye may be put into.
If on the other hand, all you want is to consume it, just find out your precise needs and go ahead to pick the one that mostly mirrors it. Having done everything we may have about this subject, we defer the matter to you now to implement it in the best way you deem fit.
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