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.