Ivory Gaya Melon Seeds – 10 Seeds
The Ivory Gaya melon has a unique variegated exterior, as the name suggests the base color of the skin is an ivory cream covered in small lime green speckles and streaks. A petite melon the Ivory Gaya has an oblong shape. Ivory Gaya melons have a thin outer rind, that when cut reveals a creamy white inner flesh. Toward the center of the melon the flesh is soft and juicy, the flesh closer to the skin of the Ivory Gaya melon will have a crisper texture. The Ivory Gaya offers a sweet flavor, with nuances of pear and honey. When ripe its blossom end will have a slight give and when at room temperature will offer a sweet and rich melon aroma.
A member of the Cucurbitaceae or Cucurbit family the Ivory Gaya melon is of the muskmelon species and botanically known as Cucumis melo inodorus ‘Ivory Gaya’. Also known as the Snow Leopard melon the Ivory Gaya is often referred to as an “ice box” variety melon as a result of its petite size that easily fits in a crisper drawer. This honeydew cultivator is a specialty melon and sought after for its unique exterior coloring and sweet melon flavor.
Like many honeydew cultivator melons the Ivory Gaya has an exceptionally sweet flavored flesh that is ideal for fresh eating. Its petite size makes it perfect as a personal melon which can be halved and eaten as is for one. Pureed it can be used as a base for cold soups or sauces. Cubed it can be added to both fruit and green salads or used on fruit kebabs. Companion flavors include salty Italian meats such as salami and prosciutto, parmesan cheese, feta, balsamic vinegar, berries, grapes, tomato, olives and lime juice. Keep at room temperature until ripe. Uncut melons can be kept in the refrigerator for up to five days. Once sliced melon will keep best wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator and when used within three days.
The Ivory Gaya melon is native to Japan. In addition to Japan, today it can be found growing in China, Mexico, South America and in North America, specifically in southern California. A vining type the Ivory Gaya melon thrives in warm sunny conditions. Sill a rather unique variety melon in California the Ivory Gaya can be found at select Asian markets, farmers markets and specialty grocers.