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The Chibud melon is a medium to large sized and oblong shaped melon. Its exterior skin has a goldenrod colored background with cream colored dappled stripes that run the length of the fruit with some melons displaying patches of green. Chibud melon has a white flesh with a slight orange tint around the collection of seeds in the center of the fruit. Its flesh is sweet with a tender and juicy texture. When ripe it will have a musky aroma, similar to that of a classic muskmelon.
Chibud melons are available in the summer and fall months.
The Chibud melon is an Indian variety melon and is botanically classified as Cucumis melo. Also known as a Mash melon and by the English as Chiber the Chibud melon is one of the larger sized melons available in India.
Chibud melons are used typically in fresh, uncooked preparations. It can be used pureed or cut into chunks and added to lassis, juices and other beverages. It can be enjoyed fresh halved or sliced as is or can combined with other ingredients to make salads or sweet preparations. The flavor and texture of Chibud melon pairs well with coconut milk, jaggery, rice, lime, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, banana, mango, muskmelon and coconut meat.
Chibud melon is commonly utilized in India in a sweet regional dish known as rasayana which is served on Navaratri, a festival celebrating the Hindu deity Durga. Navaratri translates in Hindi to mean “nine nights” which is the duration of the festival. For many abstaining from specific foods such as meat, certain grains, onion and alcohol is a part of Navaratri and the combination of melon, coconut milk and cardamom found in rasayana help provide energy during these times of fasting. Chibud melon is also used in a dish known as Chibud-phov which is a flattened rice mixed with coconut milk, jaggery and melon.
The Chibud melon is best known in its native Goa, India. It is available from Indian markets during the monsoon season.
Recipes that include Chibud Melon. One is easiest, three is harder.