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Santa Claus Melon

Dec 30, 2016

Availability and Origin
Santa Claus Melons are grown in California and Arizona during the late spring and summer months. During the winter, we get them from South America. 

Appearance and Flavor
The Santa Claus is an oval-shaped melon with hard, wrinkled skin, which is how it got its Spanish name Peil De Sapo, meaning 'Toad Skin'.
The thick rind doesn't even give off an aroma when it's ripe. You'll know that they're ripe when the ends become soft to the touch. The color of the rind can range from green to yellow-the more yellow in color, the sweeter it is. The flesh underneath can be white or pale green, and is very juicy and sweet. 

Storage
When your melons are whole and ripe, they can be stored at room temperature for five days or in the refrigerator for three days. When cut, refrigerate the slices in an air-tight container and you may get three days out of them. 

Ways to Enjoy
Just like the princess who kissed the frog, you can turn this frog-like melon into a prince with a tart recipe like this. They also go well in sauces, soups, fruit salads, and desserts.

History
A type of Casaba Melon, the Santa Claus variety is native to Turkey and it began commercial cultivation in Spain. The name Santa Claus or Christmas Melon, however, came from the American interpretation of the fruit's longevity. They come to the U.S. all the way from South America just in time for Christmas

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