Honeylope: The Best Of Two Melons

Posted: August 10, 1994

Summertime is melon time, and August and September are noted for the many special varieties of melons that come to market.

One of the sweetest melons you'll ever have the pleasure to eat is the orange-fleshed honeylope.

As you've probably already guessed, this melon is a cross between the honeydew and the cantaloupe, and it has many of the best qualities of both.

On the outside, the resemblance to the honeydew is strong, but it also has a little of the netting of the cantaloupe. On the inside it's all cantaloupe, with a beautiful salmon-colored flesh.

To select honeylope at your market, look for a smooth creamy white rind. Heavy for size is important, because heavy means juicy.

When you get the melon home, let it sit on the kitchen counter for a day or so, until the rind turns a light pink and releases a pleasant aroma. Then it's ready to be enjoyed.

And just because the honeylope is sweet, don't think that it's high in calories. A four-ounce serving is only about 50 calories. Yet that same serving size will give you almost all the Vitamins A and C that you need in a day.

Johnny Lerro operates M & C Produce Co. at the Philadelphia Produce Terminal Market, where he also tapes his nationally syndicated television feature, "The Produce Tip of the Day."

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