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The Crenshaw melon, also spelled Cranshaw, has a yellow and green, corrugated, rough, firm rind void of netting. Its dense, tender, peach-colored flesh is sweet and slightly spicy. The melon's skin turns golden-yellow at the peak of ripeness and will have slightly waxy feel. Crenshaw melons can weigh as much as eight to ten pounds.
Crenshaw melons are available during the summer months. During the winter Crenshaw melon are often imported from Baja, Mexico.
Considered one of the sweetest varieties in the melon family, the Crenshaw is a hybrid cross between the Casaba melon and the Persian melon. There are two types of Crenshaw melons: green and white. The white variety is the most common as it is sunburn resistant. The Crenshaw is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family and a modern crossbreed of the inodorus group of melons. Melons in the inodorus group are generally larger melons, take longer to grow and have better shelf-lives than summer melon varieties. What they often lack compared to other melons is fragrance.
Crenshaw melons are full-flavored and sturdy enough to be cooked. Fresh Crenshaw can be used as a breakfast fruit and as a salad ingredient. The Crenshaw may also be used as an ingredient in cold soups and desserts. Crenshaw melons pair well with fresh mozzarella, lime, mint, almonds and white wine. The Crenshaw is similar to a Cantaloupe in color and flavor and may be substituted. Once ripe uncut Casaba melon will keep at room temperature for up to a week. Refrigerate cut up melon in a sealed container up to three days.
Crenshaw melons grow in temperate and warm regions throughout the Mediterranean and the Americas. These melons also grow well in desert regions in Spring and Fall months. Their parent melons are native to Turkey and Iran. Crenshaw melons are known as one of the more delicate melons, thus handling is difficult and shipping is limited.
Recipes that include Crenshaw Melon. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Urban Nettle||Spiced Crenshaw Melon Jam with Lime|
|Design Sponge||Melon Rumballa|
|Pinch My Salt||Melon and Mozzarella Salad|
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