The Babaco fruit is torpedo shaped with five deep longitudinal furrows that resemble the shape of a star. The fruit's skin is smooth and thin and when fully rip will turn golden yellow in color.
Resembling a Chinese lantern, the gooseberry is wrapped in a thin, papery, inflated skin. These very tart, piquant fruits turn from a pale green to an amber or gold color as they ripen and offer a flavor similar to a gooseberry or a tart green grape.
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Hami-Gua melons are available typically in local markets during the spring and summer months.
The Hami-Gua melon is a muskmelon that takes form in over 180 different variations, creating melons of different sizes, patterns, colors and shapes. The melons common denominator is their sugar content. On the Brix scale, Hami melons score 14 to 16% sugar content. The flavor of the melon is a complex interaction of sugar, ph, texture and volatile compounds, making each melon variety individually unique.
Oblong-shaped Hami-Gua melons have a golden yellow, lightly netted skin and a pale, coral-colored flesh with a large seed cavity. The flesh is crisp, juicy and refreshingly sweet. Hami-Gua melons have the trademark muskmelon aroma: floral and sweet.
Hami-Gua melons are most frequently prepared and eaten fresh. Hami-Gua melon pairs well with curry, cucumber, citrus juice, mint, basil, chilies, red onion, coconut milk, feta cheese and cottage cheese. In China the Hami-Gua melon is popularly baked into mooncakes, crushed and added to carbonated beverages and dried into strips. Having a long shelf life, Hami-Gua melons can keep up to thirty days without refrigeration. Once cut Hami-Gua melon should be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator and consumed within four days.
In Xinjiang, China the Hami-Gua melon has long held a place of cultural significance. In ancient times the melons were sent from Hami to the Emperor and the imperial court as a tribute. The melon is celebrated in Xinjiang every summer at the annual Hami Melon Festival which features melon carving, painting, contests, folk art performances and tastings of over 100 different variates of Hami melon.
The Hami-Gua melon was first cultivated in the Xinjiang region of northwest China. It is still primarily cultivated in China and several other Asian countries, though it can be found in limited markets in America in the Western states such as California and Oregon. Typically Hami-Gua melons are ready for harvest about 35 days after flowering.
Recipes that include Hami-Gua Melon. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Pranee's Thai Kitchen||Coconut Melon Smoothie|
|Market Manila||Prosciutto & Melon|
|Steamy Kitchen||Chilled Tapioca Pearls with Sweet Coconut & Melon|
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Sigona's Farmers Market
Near Menlo Park, California, United States
About 84 days ago, 8/29/14
Spotter's comments : Hami-Gua Melons spotted at Sigona's Farmers Market.
Safeway Near Tanglewilde, Washington, United States
About 118 days ago, 7/26/14
Spotter's comments : Hami-Gua Melons spotted at Safeway.
???? City Shop Near Shanghai, Shanghai, China
About 188 days ago, 5/17/14
Spotter's comments : Hami-Gua Melons spotted at ???? City Shop.