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there are many kinds in France

Cantaloupe-Melone (Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis)

Dozens of varieties of melons are grown throughout France, and everyone believes theirs is best. Lecture in the Gers, however, has the very best melon song.

These are the ones you are most likely to see:

melon brodé: with a ‘netted’ rind, aka musk melon

melon Casaba: a yellow one with a wrinkly rind

melon charentais: canteloup (a variety imported from Italy), with dark green lines. Two kinds are IGP Melon du Haut-Poitou and Cavaillon

melon jaune or melon canari: yellow rind and white flesh, ripe in summer but can last until December, hence its other name, melon d’hiver

Studio shot of an organic Honeydew melon grown by delbosque farms USA

melon miel: honeydew melon, with pale green flesh

melon sucrin: a greyish-purple melon with sweet orange flesh, also known as the Petit gris de Rennes

melon vert: melon with a dark green rind and pale green flesh, one of Les Treize Desserts.

AOPs and some others

Fruit and nuts

Text © Dana Facaros

Images by USDA photo by Scott Bauer. Image Number K7355-11., Yotoen