A hybrid of the Galia melon, the Lemon Drop Melon looks similar to its parentage with a netted, golden tan skin with distinctive light green grooves. The variety’s pale green interior fruit was purposely developed to have very low sugar content and, in fact, is extremely high in citric acid. The result is a tart-sweet flavor, reminiscent of its lemon namesake along with a hint of honeydew juiciness. Lemon Drop melons are best eaten out of hand or used to make a refreshing summertime smoothie or sorbet. Combine chunks of this melon with sweet fresh raspberries or strawberries for a delicious, healthy dessert.
Avoid melons that are too firm, too soft or have any part of the stem remaining at the tip end. Ripe melons can be refrigerated 5 days. Cut melons should be placed in a covered container and refrigerated for no more than three days.