Piel de Sapos are one of the most widely grown melon cultivars in Spain. Their name translates as “Toad Skin”, which is quite fitting nomenclature upon first glance: football shaped, Piel de Sapos have slightly ridged skin with a bright green-to-yellow gradient “undercoat” and darker green speckles on top. They certainly stand out visually among our cream-colored melons, and their super sweet flavor and absolutely unique texture are on par with their notable visual appearance.
Cut into a Piel de Sapo, and you are in for a refreshing treat. Intensely sweet and juicy, their white flesh has an amazing texture that is rich but with an element of crispness to it. The result is a smooth sweetness finishing with a light – but satisfying – crunch.
Choose hard melons based on their weight and color. The heavier they are, for their size, the more sweet juice they contain, and more yellow shining through the green also indicates ripeness.