Rocky Sweet Melon
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Rocky Sweet melons are medium in size weighing approximately 3 to 4 pounds. When young, the thick rind is brownish-green between the netting, similar to a cantaloupe, and will gradually turn yellow then yellow-orange as it matures. The inner flesh of the Rocky Sweet is lime green near its rind and becomes a creamy green towards the central seed cavity. Rocky Sweet melons have a sweet aroma that intensifies as the melons reaches peak ripeness. These melons are juicy and its flavor a cross between a cantaloupe and a honeydew.
Rocky Sweet melons are available during the summer months.
Rocky Sweet melons are botanically known as Cucumis melo and is a hybrid variety muskmelon within the Cucurbitaceae family. Unlike, other muskmelon varieties that have a signature musky smell, this characteristic is lacking from the Rocky Sweet. The Rocky Sweet melon is a cross between a honeydew and a cantaloupe thus its outer netted skin is like that of a cantaloupe but the flesh is green, like a honeydew.
Rocky Sweet melons are a good source for vitamin C, vitamin A, carotenoids, potassium, calcium, iron and dietary fiber.
Rocky Sweet melons are most often used in fresh preparations such as fruit salads or cold soups. They can be used in both sweet and savory applications. These sweet melons can be used to flavor beverages such as juices, smoothies and margaritas. They are great in chilled desserts such as ice cream, sorbets and popsicles. Rocky sweet melons pair well with ginger, seafood, mint, garlic, chili, honey, peanuts, berries and soft cheeses. In Europe, pieces of melon are often mixed with prosciutto as a popular antipasto. The Rocky Sweet melons will keep well at room temperature. Once cut, any unused melon should be wrapped and kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 or 3 days.
In America, the words muskmelons and cantaloupes are used interchangeably. Although, what we commonly call the cantaloupe is a muskmelon, it is not a "true" cantaloupe. True cantaloupes are rarely found outside of Europe, mainly Italy, and has a hard, deeply ridged, warty outer skin and no patterned netting. The name cantaloupe is said to originated from the city of Cantalupo, Italy where the melons were originally grown.
The first melons were not sweet as we know them today and were probably more similar in flavor to the cucumber. However, as a result of hybridization the first references to sweet, aromatic melons began to appear in the 1600s. Muskmelons are said to have originated in India and brought over to the Americas by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage to the New World. Rocky Sweet melons are best grown in warm climates for the sweetest flavor. Rocky Sweet melons will not continue to ripen once it is off the vine. The melon is said to "slip" (drop its stem) when it is ripe. The best flavor Rocky Sweet melons will not have signs of the stem still attached as any stem will mean that it was picked too early.