To a botanist, melons, squash, gourds, as well as cucumbers are all a part of the Cucurbitaceae or the gourd family. However, all of these are considered to be vegetables, with the exception of melons.Muskmelons are fleshy fruits that belong to the genus Cucumis, species melo, and Cucurbitaceae family. Cucumis melo is broadly divided into three groups: Cantaloupensis (true cantaloupe), Reticulatus (summer melon, aromatic netted melon that slips from the vine after ripening), and Inodorous group (winter melons that have a hard, corrugated rind). Melons from the Cucumis melo inodorus group lack the distinctive odor that muskmelons give off. Moreover, these do not slip from the vine after ripening. Members of the Inodorous group include casaba, crenshaw, Christmas, honeydew, and canary melons. Known for their mild taste, canary melons are known by several names, such as Spanish melon, Juan Canary, Jaune des Canaries, and Amarillo. They are named so due to their bright, canary yellow color. One of the greatest advantages that the melons from the Cucumis melo inodorus group have over other types of melon varieties is that they can be stored for a longer period. This is due to their long post-vine shelf-life. Their flesh is firm, almost whitish, with a tinge of green. The area around the seed cavity is orange or light-pink in color.
Slightly larger than cantaloupes and honeydrew melons, a canary melon can be differentiated from other melons by its vibrant, canary yellow color. It has a hard rind and is oval in shape. Though the canary melon is not as popular as other types of melons, and might not score high in terms of sweetness, it can certainly be included with citrus fruits and melons for making fruit salads. It can be combined with other fruits for making smoothies or sorbets. Ginger, basil, cilantro, and mint help enhance its slightly sweet and tangy flavor. Though this variety is native to Iran, it is widely grown in Arizona and the southern portion of California.
A hundred gram serving of canary melon provides 34 calories, which makes it a low-calorie fruit. To add to that, this fruit is packed with dietary fiber, water, and immune-boosting phytonutrients. So, do include it in your diet to reap its benefits.