My Mystery Market Melon

I love melon. Like, LOVE melon. I’ve been known to eat a whole watermelon in one sitting, which is impressive yet also kinda gross.

Anyway, being such a summertime melon lover, you would THINK I knew all the types of melons available on God’s green earth! But you would be wrong. I was at the local farmer’s market around closing time on Sunday, and this great produce stall was selling melons 2 for $7. I don’t even know if that’s a good deal, but I went for it. I selected a lovely Tuscan cantaloupe, and something that looked like a funky honeydew.

“What is this?” I asked the pleasant merchant.
“Oh, it’s an interesting one. It’s called a Galia melon… it’s Israeli in origin. It tastes like a honeydew, but more grassy and tropical,” she informed me.

Whaaaa? Clearly I had to buy this sucka.

Intensive internet research confirmed my market girl’s claims; the Galia was indeed created in Israel, and it’s apparently a cantaloupe-honeydew hybrid. Very intriguing.

What did it taste like? Well, just like she said! It looked pretty honeydew-esque—more vibrantly green than usual—but definitely offered more complex flavor. For those of you who claim to hate honeydew (why is it the bastard child of the melon world?! I swear it’s everyone’s least favorite), try the Galia on for size, if you can find it. I recommend checking out your neighborhood far-mar to start.

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  • BS July 18, 2012  

    uh…..can we please post a video of you eating an entire watermelon?

  • Emily July 18, 2012  

    Haha! Um, yes. It might get kinda weird, but hey.
    (Can it be one of those “personal watermelons” or do you want me to tackle one of those big oblong ones? Yikes….)

  • Kimberly July 18, 2012  

    I love all of the strange and weird melons that appear in our market every summer. We buy a different one every week just to try something new.

  • BS July 18, 2012  

    If you can eat an entire large watermelon in one sitting, that will be viral gold.

  • dan July 19, 2012  

    Galia mellon. so hot right now.

    I just went to a cooking demo where Ken Orenger slow cooked some cucumber for an hour in a frying pan(he did this before the demo), then pureed it with the galia and some yogurt i think? and a little raw garlic to make a tasty chilled soup

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