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Santa Claus Melons

Not available for sale online. Ask your local produce manager.

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Seasonality: May-Aug
Origin: USA

Sometimes referred to the Christmas melon and Piel de Spao, this melon was named in behalf of its long keeping qualities...until Christmas. Even though it is a very good keeper, this holiday melon was actually named because its sometimes available to December.


The attractive green and gold-to-bright yellow striped Santa Claus melon somewhat resembles a small watermelon. Inside is a mellow and mildly flavored pale greenish flesh very similar to that of a honeydew, but not as sweet. The color of the characteristic stripes on its hard shell is a sign of this melon's ripeness. The brighter the yellow, the riper and sweeter it is.

Melissa’s Santa Claus Melons are hand-selected for excellent quality. Choose firm melons with a sweet fragrance.

Look for fruit heavy for its size, yielding slightly under pressure. Keep cut or ripe fruit in refrigerator for up to three days. Ripen at room temperature.