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Melon, Winter

Casaba, Honeydew, Persian

Cucurbitaceae Cucumis melo L. (Inodorus group)

Source: Magness et al. 1971

These are melons grown on plants similar to cantaloupes, but fruits are without distinctive odor and late in ripening. The fruits are medium to large with generally smooth surface. In all cultural aspects they resemble cantaloupes except for longer growing season requirement. Included in the group are the Honey Ball, Honeydew, Casaba, Crenshaw, and Persian.

Season, seeding to maturity: About 4 months.

Production in U.S.: 6,700 tons.

Use: Fresh eating, salads.

Part of plant consumed: Internal pulp.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch