This grapefruit-sized fruit actually grows on a climbing cactus. Its spongy pulp is white or sometimes pinkish red, sweet and juicy with numerous tiny edible black seeds scattered throughout
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Sugar Cube Melon
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Sugar Cube melons are available in the summer months.
A member of the Cucurbitaceae family the Sugar Cube melon is a hybrid variety muskmelon and botanically known as Cucumis melo. With a brix level averaging at 14% the Sugar Cube melon is sought after for its super sweet flesh. A sweetness which is known to last much longer than average muskmelons holding their high sugar content for up to two weeks after reaching their peak of ripeness. In addition to its sugar content The Sugar Cube was also bread specifically to be resistant to many common melon diseases such as powdery mildew, fusarium wilt, and papaya ring spot virus.
Similar in appearance to a classic American cantaloupe, Sugar Cube melons are covered in a creamy tan hued, roughly netted exterior. Its interior flesh is tender and juicy with an exceptionally sweet flavor and vivid salmon-orange color. This petite melon is known as a breakfast type melon and will at maturity weigh no more than two pounds. Its seed cavity is smaller and more densely packed than the classic cantaloupe melon yielding a melon with more edible flesh.
The petite size of the Sugar Cube melon makes it ideal for serving as a personal one or two serving melon. They can be used interchangeably in most recipes where cantaloupe or muskmelon is called for. Halved and with seeds removed they can be served as is or stuffed with a number of fillings. Puree Sugar Cube melon and add to granitas, sorbets, smoothies or chilled soups. Its sweet flavor pairs well with cream, cottage cheese, feta, cured meats, mint, basil, balsamic vinegar, cucumber, blueberries, grapes and arugula. Sugar Cube melons will keep at room temperature for two weeks, once cut keep in the refrigerator in a sealed container or wrapped in plastic, use within four to five days.
The Sugar Cube melon was first developed by Seneca Vegetable Research of New York in the early 2000’s. The Sugar Cube was bread with the intent of creating a melon that would easily adapt to the growing conditions of the north eastern United States and one that would have exceptional disease resistance.
Recipes that include Sugar Cube Melon. One is easiest, three is harder.
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