Santa Claus Melons
The green and gold speckled Santa Claus melon resembles a small football-shaped watermelon. They have a mildly sweet flavor and a very subtle fragrance. The flesh is a creamy yellow, with a mild flavor, and the rind is very thick. The closest substitute for a Canary melon would be a casaba melon, another thick-rinded melon that keeps well. Because of the thick rind, it can be difficult to tell when a Santa Claus melon is ripe. The best indicator is when the rind gives slightly under pressure, and when the flower end of the melon gives easily to a gentle push. The best melons may be marked with sugar scars, indicating that the fruit is especially sweet, and they should also feel heavy for their size, indicating that they are very juicy.