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Has anyone tried Orange Flesh, Casaba, Cranshaw, Santa Claus, or Juan Canary? If so, how did you like them? Do they taste like any other fruit? I keep seeing them in the super market, and I haven't tried them, mainly because of cost. However, they are on sale this week, and I have no idea what one to try.
 

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I've tried the casaba and the Santa claus. I can't remember particularly what each tastes like but I know I enjoyed it. If they are on sale, then by all means, give one a try. A produce worker can tell you the difference in tastes. Enjoy!
 

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Tried all of them. If by "orange flesh" you mean "orange flesh honeydews" which are normally green fleshed.<br><br><br><br>
Santa Claus is very interesting. It is picked in September, I think, but not ripened and ready to eat until December.
 

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" A produce worker can tell you the difference in tastes. Enjoy!"<br><br><br><br>
Not in any supermarket I've ever been in.
 

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I agree that most produce workers in a supermarket won't but if you go into a fruit and veggie store, they should know. Sometimes there are stickers are the melons giving you info about their tastes etc. Or there's a wall at my store that contains sheets of info about various produce including how to store it and prepare it.
 

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Tha's true AuroraLily.<br><br><br><br>
By the way, picking any melon is pretty much the same thing -- you gently press, and you look for the the blush of ripening color (differennt color pairs on dif melons). If the melons haven't been treated with chlorine bath or certain fungicides, you can also get a very good idea of what degree of ripeness sweetness and flavor you are going to find when you eat it, by smelling.
 

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Have you tried paradise melon?? IT is white on the inside and tastes lieka honeydew, but is only about as big as a football!!! Nice!
 

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WATERMELON WATERMELON WATERMELON WATERMELON WATERMELON WATERMELON WATERMELON WATERMELON WATERMELON WATERMELON WATERMELON WATERMELON WATERMELON WATERMELON WATERMELON WATERMELON
 

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Even if they could get the flesh of seedless watermelons to be exactly like the best seeded variety -- I would prefer the seeded variety. There is something about having to stop to spit out the seed, that makes you appreciate the flesh more. I think someone else said that recently.<br><br><br><br>
Same goes for grapefruits -- tho you pretty much can't find seedy pampelmousses any more.
 

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apple buy one of each and freeze any that you can't eat. Just cut the skins off and cut the flesh into chunks and freeze. You don't have to do any preparation before freezing other than cutting into pieces.<br><br><br><br>
Thawing is easy. You eat them about 1/2 thawed, not fully thawed. They take only maybe an hour to 1/2 thaw, or about 20 seconds in the microwave.<br><br><br><br>
While they don't have that wonderful fresh-fruit taste when eaten alone, they liven up fruit salads wonderfully. Mix them in with orange and grapefruit slices. Maybe a few banana slices. Pour orange juice over everything. Add just enough sugar to bring the sweetness around to the right amount.
 

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I haven't had a santa claus yet, but I'd love to try one.<br><br><br><br>
Canary melons are very good and very sweet, however their rind is very thick, and because of that, it's hard to tell when it's ripe by touch, and even harder by smell. If you get one that's ripe, you'll really enjoy it.<br><br><br><br>
Orange flesh honeydew pretty much taste like honeydew, but a little more like canteloupe than honeydew.<br><br><br><br>
Casaba melons are very yummy as well. To tell if it's ripe, press on the blossom end, and it should give a little.<br><br><br><br>
If you're going to smell a melon, it'll smell most by the blossom end. If it smells too strongly, it's probably going to be too ripe on the inside.<br><br><br><br>
Yellow melons taste better the more yellow they are. Green melons taste better the brighter they are. Canteloupes should be a duller color, they won't brighten to indicate ripeness.<br><br><br><br>
All of the melons you listed that I've tried taste relatively the same. To me, it seems, there are two melons - Watermelons, and the rest. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Did someone mention melons?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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Hey, did you guys notice that in a cantaloupe, if you remove the seeds with your hand (instead of a spoon) that the flesh that conneccted to the seeds is VERY tasty! Not to mention that wonderful juice, too!
 

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Thanks for the replies everyone.<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone know the nutritional value on these melons? I couldn't really find anything about the nutritional value on any of these melons, and was wondering about it.<br><br><br><br>
Soilman: Is there any taste difference after thawing out the melon?
 

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Melons have a lot of water which is great in the summer. There are vitamins in there but melons aren't superstars. still it's low cal, wonderful taste so enjoy.<br><br>
I freeze a lot of fruits too during the summer months so when they are too expensive during the winter, I just thaw. As long as there's no freezer burn, I can't really detect a diference in taste. If it's really hot out, I'll usually eat them half frozen anyways.
 

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Aurora Lily, from what I've heard working in a HFS, canteloupes are one of the healthiest things we can eat?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by mikie</i><br><br><b>Aurora Lily, from what I've heard working in a HFS, canteloupes are one of the healthiest things we can eat?</b></div>
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Really? Please tell us more! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><br><br>
btw, soilman - I had a dream about you last night! I dreamed I saw you on the old game/dating show, "Love Connection". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"> No clue what that was about! LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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