Sharlyn Melon



Sharlyn melons are available in the summer through early fall.

Current Facts

Sharlyn melons are botanically classified as Cucumis melo var. reticulatus and are members of the Cucurbitaceae family, which also includes cucumbers, squash and watermelons. Each fruit can average between 1-2 pounds (0.45-0.9 kg).

Nutritional Value

Sharlyn melons contain vitamins A, B6, C and K as well as dietary fiber, folate, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine. The flesh is also a good source of several minerals including iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.

Storage & Handling

Sharlyn melons should be stored at room temperature until they are fully ripened. Once ripe, the melons should be refrigerated and consumed within two to three days. When buying Sharlyn melons, look for ones that have a firm rind with no soft spots or bruises and a sweet aroma. The fruit is ready to eat when it yields slightly to pressure around the stem end. Avoid purchasing overly hard fruits as they will not ripen properly if picked too early.


Sharlyn melons can be enjoyed on their own or used as an ingredient in various recipes such as salads, smoothies, salsas, sauces and soups. They are also delicious when served with fish or poultry dishes due to their mild flavor and subtle sweetness. Additionally, Sharlyn melons can be used in desserts such as pies, cobblers and ice creams. To add a unique twist to your favorite recipes, try adding diced Sharlyn melon or pureed Sharlyn melon for added sweetness and flavor. When storing the fruit, keep it refrigerated in an airtight container for up to five days. For longer storage, you can freeze chopped pieces of Sharlyn melon in a sealed container for up to six months.

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