Offering a distinct, nutty flavor described as more intense than broccoli, this pale, green vegetable looks and tastes like a cross between broccoli and cauliflower. Available starting in late summer.
The Charentais is a petite-sized melon with a smooth, hard, pistachio-grey colored skin and distinct green ribbing. Its flesh is deep orange, dense, smooth and sweet similar to that of a Cantaloupe.
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This item was last sold on : 09/05/13
Galia melons are available spring to mid fall. Imported Costa Rican Galia melons are available beginning in winter.
Galia melons are a hybrid variety muskmelon and a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Botanically known as Cucumis melo L. var. reticulatus they are a cross between a smooth skinned cantaloupensis variety (Ha-Ogen) and a netted Russian reticulatus variety (Krymka). Though known to be an exceptional melon in flavor Galia melons are unfortunately prone to rapid softening, as a result studies are being done currently to discover new methods for extending shelf life by manipulating the parent lines using in vitro regeneration and antisense technology.
The Galia melon has a yellow to orange skin that is covered in light golden-tan netting. Its flesh is pale green with a succulent texture that has a signature spicy sweet flavor with tropical and perfumed aromatics. Unlike many other melon varieties the tenderness of the stem end of the melon is not a good indicator of ripeness; rather ripeness should be determined by color and development of a distinct musky aroma. The more orange in color the exterior skin of the Gaila melon the higher the sugar content of the melon’s flesh will be. Their flavor is also best when they are harvested at full to ¾" slip stage.
Galia melons are best used in fresh uncooked preparations. They can be used in both sweet and savory applications. They can be sliced, balled, pureed or halved and served as is. Use Galia melons in fruit salads as well as breakfast preparations and main dishes. Galia melons pair well with ginger, seafood, mint, garlic, chili, honey, peanuts and soft cheeses. Galia melons have a short shelf life and will only keep for two to three weeks after being picked, even in cold storage facilities. Galia melons should be used within two to three weeks of being harvested, once cut keep melon refrigerated in a sealed container and use within a few days.
The Galia melon was developed in the 1960’s at the Ne´ve Yaar Research Center of the Agricultural Research Organization in Israel. It was the first Israeli hybrid melon ever developed and was created by melon breeder Dr. Zvi Karchi. The melon was named after Dr. Zvi Karchi’s daughter and in Hebrew translates to “God’s wave”. Released for commercial production in 1973 the Galia melon within ten years grew to be such a popular market melon that its distribution spanned across Western Europe. Today Morocco, Turkey and Spain are major producers of the Galia melon. They can be found growing additionally in Costa Rica, Greece, Egypt, Panama, Portugal, Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala, and Israel. Galia melons are imported to Europe and the United States and in the United States in northern Florida Galia melons are now successful being grown using greenhouse technology.
Recipes that include Galia Melon. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Kitchen Butterfly||Galia Melon Marmalade|
|Beard & Bonnet||Toddler Approved Gaila Melon Green Juice|
|Eat in my Kitchen||Spinach and Melon Salad with Orange Mascarpone|
|Savory Nothings||Red and Green Fruit Salad|
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Sigona's Farmers Market
Near Menlo Park, California, United States
About 188 days ago, 8/29/14
Spotter's comments : Galia Melons spotted at Sigona's Farmers Market.
king soopers Near Lakewood, Colorado, United States
About 223 days ago, 7/25/14
Spotter's comments : I spotted Galia Melons at king soopers in littleton co!
PCC Natural Markets Near Seattle, Washington, United States
About 567 days ago, 8/15/13
Spotter's comments : What a beautiful selection of local organic Galia Melons ;)
Albertson's Market Near Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
About 615 days ago, 6/28/13
Hyvee Windom minnesota Near Storden, Minnesota, United States
About 617 days ago, 6/26/13
Specialty Produce Near San Diego, California, United States
About 623 days ago, 6/20/13
Spotter's comments : Melon season has arrived. Now in stock.