Crenshaw Melon

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Seasons/Availability

Crenshaw melons are available in the mid-summer through the fall.

Current Facts

Crenshaw melons are botanically classified as Cucumis melo and belong to the Cucurbitaceae family. The cultivar was originally developed in California in 1939 and is considered an heirloom variety. They have a longer growing season than some other varieties of melon, requiring 90-100 days to reach maturity.

Nutritional Value

Crenshaw melons are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, potassium, dietary fiber, folate and magnesium. They also contain modest amounts of calcium and phosphorus.

Applications

Crenshaw melons can be used as an ingredient for salads or smoothies or served in slices alongside other fruits such as watermelon and pineapple. It can also be used as a topping for breakfast cereals, yogurt and toast. The pulp of the melon can be blended with other fruits to make refreshing juices and cocktails. Crenshaw melons are high in pectin, making them an ideal choice for jams, jellies or preserves.

Storage & Shelf Life

Crenshaw melons should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Uncut melons last up to two weeks when refrigerated at 40°F (4°C). Cut pieces should be wrapped in plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container before being placed in the refrigerator where they will keep for one week.

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