History and Facts:
The history of the honeydew melon can be traced back to Asia. Because of their high sugar content and fragility, honeydew is harvested before fully ripe. Those with the best flavor tend to weigh about 5 pounds. Honeydew changes color several times as it matures; when ripe the rind turns a creamy yellow color.
Honeydew has 60 calories for 1/8 of a melon. The fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C and a significant source of vitamin B. It is low in sodium and provides a good amount of potassium.
Honeydew melon should be kept at 45 to 50 degrees fahrenheit, with a relative humidity of 90 to 95 percent. They are sensitive to chilling, and should not be held below 41 degrees fahrenheit. Brown spotting will occur at 35 to 36 degrees fahrenheit. Unripe melons should be placed in warmer areas. Typical shelf life is 14 to 21 days.
November through May