I have seen this particular melon from time to time when shopping at my local grocery store. But I admit, I am sometimes wary of different foods that I have never tried before. At Weight Watchers, they’re hosting a “Ace Your Summer Challenge” which is a little booklets that have weekly goals to work to. The goal for the week was to try a new fruit or vegetable you haven’t tried this week. So, to take the challenge with gusto … I decided I’d give a Canary Melon a shot. That is after a quick Google search to figure out what exactly it was.
Admittedly, the price sign at my grocery store was deceiving. There were melons of ALL shapes and sizes but it said $1.69. I picked up one of the smallest melons there (because some of them are straight up humongous) and popped it into my cart. At the checkout, I learned it was $1.69 per POUND which made this melon nearly $6. Now, a little moment to “rant”… having to pay per pound for melon is wasteful - especially since you’re throwing the rind away and scooping out seeds galore. But that aside…
I cut up the melon to have in the fridge to pick at during the week. The melon itself, texture wise I found was a lot softer than a cantaloupe or honeydew. It’s most comparable to that of an overripe pear. It’s a pale whitish/green, which made me think it would taste similar to a honeydew. Taking a few bites … I decided it just wasn’t for me. It tastes tangy … tart even and has a “melon” flavor but nothing comparable to your classic melon flavors. It reminds me of the flavor you get out of fruit when you add lemon juice to the top (to keep I from changing color in a recipe).
The texture of the melon is what really threw me off. I’m a texture person and textures can completely disgust my palette. I’m typically a hard fruit girl. I like my apples, pears, nectarines and plums on the hard/crispy side. Ripe or overripe pears, nectarines and plums I can eat occasionally, depending on how truly ripe they are. But this melon was a texture of an overly ripe pear … you know the texture of the pears that basically ‘burst’ the moment you bite them? That’s this melon … and it was just all too overwhelming to even try to eat.
Even though this was a costly fail … I’m glad I at least gave another food a shot.