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Santa Claus melons truly exist - Opinion

Carmen Micsa

Christmas in May?

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Santa Claus Melon found at Wholefoods, Sacramento, CAPhoto by Carmen Micsa

On our first 100-degree day, I bought Santa Claus Melon for the first time in my life! 

It was Santa Claus Melon sent to cool us off on a scorching late spring day! 

“What’s this?” the long dark-haired cashier asked me with eyes as big as the Santa Claus melon. 

I showed her my phone with the bar code, as she didn’t know how much it cost, after which she said:

“Thanks for having this ready for me. The melon is free for you.”

“Thanks so much!” I replied.

“Sure thing, and please come back and let me know what the melon tasted like,” she added. 

“I will for sure!”

A few interesting facts about Santa Claus Melon

  • According to the website https://specialtyproduce.com/, the Santa Claus melons derive their name, as the fruits cultivated in South America arrive in markets throughout the northern hemisphere during the holiday season.
  • The rind is also occasionally marked with sugar scars, an indication that the fruit has high sugar content.
  • The flesh ranges in color from white and yellow to pale green.
  • Santa Claus melons, botanically classified as Cucumis melo var. inodorus, are a type of winter melon belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family.
  • The wrinkled, striped melons mature approximately 110 days after sowing and are known for their thick rind, allowing the melons to be stored for an extended period and shipped worldwide.
  • In Spain, the variety is known as Piel de Sapo, translating to mean “toad skin,” a descriptor given for the melon’s textured surface.
  • Historically, Santa Claus melons were stored in cellars throughout the La Mancha region and were wrapped in paper for extended storage.
  • The melon tastes like honeydew. It’s extremely fragrant and an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and iron.

I ate the melon cut up in square pieces - it was delectable and refreshing.

Next time, I will make this smoothie, a recipe shared by Savvy Naturalista, although I will leave the stevia out and add some Maple syrup instead. As to the milk, I will replace the almond milk with Good Karma Flexmilk, as it has 8 grams of protein per serving and is a great source of Omega-3, but you can use any milk you wish.

Santa Claus Melon Smoothie Recipe: 

2 cups Santa Claus melon

2 cups almond milk

2 packets stevia

1 tsp vanilla

Recipe Directions: Place all ingredients into the food processor blend well and serve.

Enjoy, and try a new fruit, as you never know what you will relish and learn about your new discovery.

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