Canary Melon, or Cucumis melo, is a vibrant and oblong orange-yellow fruit. It is a hybrid of other melons, such as the Charentais cantaloupe and honeydew melon. This brightly colored citrus fruit has unique characteristics that make it a beloved snack.
Canary melons have a thick, crunchy rind, which has a smooth texture inside and out. The insides are pale orange, and the edges are often flecked with yellow.
They are large and can weigh up to three pounds. The average canary melon can measure up to 7 inches in length, making them one of the biggest types of melons.
This hybrid fruit is high in Vitamin A and water content, with sweet, juicy flesh and tart flavor.
According to botanical experts, canary melons belong to the Cucurbitaceae family. This family includes cucumbers, pumpkins, squash, watermelon, and other similar fruits.
When ripe, the fruit has a golden yellow skin with a slightly ribbed texture and a waxy feel. The inside is succulent and very juicy with a sweet and tart flavor.
Canary melons are seasonal fruits available from May through September in most parts of the world.
Apart from fresh eating, this melon can also be made into juices, smoothies, and desserts such as melon sorbet.
In some cuisines, Canary melons are pickled as a side dish or appetizer, although traditionally, it is served fresh as a snack.
The seeds inside the canary melon can be eaten, although it is not a very common practice as some people find them bitter.
Some people mistakenly think that Canary Melon is the same as honeydew or the pineapple-flavored ‘canary white’ melon, although these are different types of melon.