How many types of melon have you eaten yet?
More than one for sure.
The interesting thing is that most of the melons we heard or enjoy eating today are hybrid or cross between two different melons.
There is one such pricey melon, that’s called the Cadillac of all the melons for its extra sweetness and aroma.
And that’s none other than Crenshaw melon. So, let’s find more about this beautiful melon today.
What is a Crenshaw melon?
Crenshaw melon is a cross between a Persian and casaba melons, oblong-shaped with an almost flat bottom on which it can rest vertically.
The rind is firm yellowish-green to golden-yellow with wrinkles at the stem end and slightly waxy feel. Its flesh is peach-colored that is very sweet and aromatic.
Crenshaw melon size is bigger than other members of its genus. Typical Crenshaw melon weighs about 8-10 pounds.
Vitamin A’s minimum daily requirement is fulfilled with half-cup serving,
9 grams carbohydrates
And most importantly,
Provides 50% of vitamin C’s minimum daily intake, which is a well-known immune-boosting vitamin
Ideally, Crenshaw melon should be paired with cottage cheese to make a balanced meal.
Or as a supplementary dish along with your normal breakfast.
There’s a popular word puzzle game known as Crenshaw Melon Word Cookies in which the player matches suitable pictures to words.
Classification of Different Melons
Although most melons are classified as Cucumis melo (Muskmelon), still there are different classifications according to Botany, as follows:
1. Cantaloupensis. Examples include Cantaloupes, which are not common in the US. They have a hard, scaly, and warty rind.
2. Reticulatus. Aromatic melons, like muskmelons and Persian melons, fall in this category.
3. Inodorous. All late-maturing melons, including the variety under discussion today, the Crenshaw melon, its parent, Casabas, fall here. Other varieties include honeydew.
4. Flexuosus. This division Includes varieties such as Snake melon.
5. Conomon. Big cucumber-like melons fall under this category, like Oriental Pickling melon.
How to Grow Crenshaw Melon At Home?
Do you want to grow this beautiful, sweet, and the “king of all melons” in your backyard? Let us tell you how you can do that?
If you’re a novice in gardening, it’s better to get an overview of a few gardening tips first.
1. Preparing the Soil
The first step is the selection of the place and soil quality. The place should receive partial to full sunlight because it grows well in full sunlight.
The use of tools is also an art. So, where possible, try using the suitable tools for gardening, so that your work efficiency increases.
The soil should be well-drained with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. Keep it moist until the germinations start, and the fruit reaches a tennis ball’s size.
The soil temperate should be as high as 75, otherwise cover it with an opaque plastic for a few days until the required temperature is obtained.
2. Sowing the Seeds
To plant Crenshaw melons in your backyard, the right time is two weeks after the last frost happened. Sow 5-6 seeds at one spot and another set 4-6 feet away in the same row.
On the other hand, if you wish to grow it indoors, it’s recommended to plant it 2-3 weeks before the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per pot and keep the soil warm.
Keep the soil moist until the fruit reaches a large size, as the plant can’t tolerate drought. Nor should you overwater it, which can affect the taste of the fruit later.
To prevent Crenshaw melon from the insect attack, there are a number of methods to choose from.
You may wrap the melon in your kitchen towel, an old T-shirt, or a plastic container to prevent it from rodents or pest attack.
4. Harvesting: When to Pick Crenshaw Melon?
How to tell if Crenshaw melon is ripe? Well, like all other melons, there are certain indications that tell you the right time to pick them.
The first thing is its smell and color. If it has gained that golden-yellowish color and smells too much, it means it has ripened.
Another thing you can do is to look it from the blossom end. Press gently around that end and see if it’s not hard. If it isn’t hard, it’s ripened.
You may also shake it a bit near your ear and listen if you can hear the sound of the pulp. The sound of the shaking pulp may indicate that the fruit has ripened.
The above criteria can be applied while buying this melon from the market too.
Most people, often ask how to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe?
Regarding cantaloupe, the ability to gentle press and feel the mild softness is an indication that the cantaloupe is ripe. Also, if it’s ripe, it will be a bit heavier.
5. Saving Crenshaw Melon Seeds
Now you have enjoyed the sweet and aromatic Crenshaw melon; it’s time you save its seeds to taste the same next season.
Saving seeds is one of the easiest things to do.
Once you cut half the melon, remove the whole pulp containing the seeds with a spoon and soak this pulp in water for 2-4 days. The soaking let the dead seeds float on the surface.
Remove these floating seeds and filter the rest of them from the pulp. Now dry these healthy seeds on to a paper towel for 3-4 days.
Once completely dried, put them in a plastic bag and label it with the date of harvest and put it in the freezer for two days, after which place it in the refrigerator.
Recipe: Minted Crenshaw Melon Salad
Due to its extra sweetness, people love to try different Crenshaw melon recipes.
Today, we have brought one such recipe for you, that’s equally tasty and healthy.
- Half Crenshaw melon sliced into small pieces
- About 250g watermelon slices
- 8-10 mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon cane sugar
- 2 tablespoon lime juice
Grind cane sugar and mint leaves and add the lime juice. Once a paste is formed, pour it over the slices of Crenshaw and watermelons. The delicious Minted Crenshaw melon is ready.
Different Ways to Eat Crenshaw Melon
- As an evening snack
- Cut with a slicer and add with other fruits to make a fruit salad
- In cold fruit soups
- In salsas, sorbets, and smoothies
The Bottom Line
Among various melon varieties available, Crenshaw is a must-try hybrid melon, which is the sweetest of all. You can easily grow it in your backyard with minimal care. So, try this beautiful melon, save its seeds, grow next time, and keep enjoying it every season.
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