This melon may look like an ordinary cantaloupe, but it is anything but. Learn all about the Sugar Kiss Melon.
Did you know there are a lot of melons? I mean a lot.
Have you ever opened up a seed catalog to see how many different types you can grow yourself? It's mind blowing.
In the grocery store we unfortunately only get three main offerings - watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe. Yes, those are all pretty different and represent different tastes, but it's a far cry from what there is out there.
Melons fan can rejoice as there have been more variety showing up in stores in recent years. Most grocery stores now will at least offer 1 or 2 types that deviate from the standard 3.
We are here today to talk about one of those "deviations" - the Sugar Kiss melon.
👄 What is a Sugar Kiss?
Sometimes you see the words "muskmelon" and "cantaloupe" interchanged with each other. Really cantaloupe is a type of a muskmelon. But cantaloupe isn't a specific variety just in itself. There are different types of cantaloupe.
Sugar Kiss is actually considered a Hami melon type. Since most people are familiar with the grocery store cantaloupe that is where our comparison will begin.
⚖️ How Different Than a Cantaloupe?
The differences come down to the texture of the melon and how it tastes. The tastes is similar to cantaloupe, but it's a stronger and sweeter flavor.
Sugar Kiss is very juicy and that juiciness doesn't dilute the flavor of the melon. The kids either had to eat it over the sink or be given baby wipes when done eating.
Tender edible flesh all the way to the skin. It's doesn't get tough around the rind like a lot of melons do. I would also describe the texture as melting, like it just melts in your mouth as as you eat it.
Overall a vastly better eating experience.
☀️ When in Season?
Look for them between: June 10 – October 31st
Dulcinea Farms markets the Sugar Kiss melons. They have partnerships in different parts of the country and the world allowing them to extend their harvest windows.
The first melons can begin showing up in stores in June and you may still find them through Halloween. July-August seems to be the time in which they are most abundant.
🛒 Where to Buy
Here are just a few locations that I know have carried this melons in the past. Did you find them somewhere else? Leave a comment below.
- Hannaford Market
- Sam's Club
- The Fresh Market
- Fresh Direct
- Specialty Produce
❓ How to Know When Ripe
The label on the melon says they are ready to eat right away, so you don't need to ripen them any further. You can put them in the fridge to extend their shelf life. I would still eat them as soon as you can.
I got one at the store that we ended up leaving out for several days and it was still great. You never know for sure how long the melons have bene sitting on a grocery store display, so it's still important to examine the melon for any black or soft spots. And deep indentations usually are a sign of age and a melon that should be avoided.
⚫ Black Spot Inside
What if you cut into your melon and you find a black spot inside? Like seen in the photo below.
Remove all the fruit around the black spot. If the rest of the melon looks good, you are good to go. If it looks bad in the center of the fruit, then don't eat it. But typically a spot around on the outside isn't a reason to throw it all way.
However I always say whenever in doubt, toss it out. Don't eat something you aren't comfortable with.
🍈 Other Types of Kiss Melons
- Sumer Kiss Melons
- Kiss Limon Melons
🍓 Other Types of Fruit to Check Out
- Cotton Candy grapes
- Lucy Rose apples
- Bubble Gum plums
- Ojai Pixie tangerines
- Rose strawberries
- Pink Lemonade blueberries
- Skylar Rae cherries
- Peach Pie donut peaches
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