Santa Claus melon can be bought when not fully ripe and allowed to ripen. It will take several days or a few to several weeks, depending the stage or ripeness, when you bought it. Mine took 6-8 weeks to ripen, so be patient. By then the blossom end (apex) was quite soft. This is the best test for ripeness.
When fully ripe, the Santa Claus melon will have a vibrant yellow hue and a soft blossom end (apex) that yields to gentle pressure.
Because of its thick rind, this melon does not release a tell-tale aroma when ripe. Typically, the brighter the yellow of the melon rind, and the softer the blossom end, the riper and sweeter it is.
It keeps well in the fridge even after cutting in a plastic wrap.
- Due it its sweet flesh, the Christmas melon can be used in fruit salads, tarts, sorbets and sauces.
- It makes excellent puree so can be used in gazpacho, smoothies and cocktails.
- Its flavour pairs well with creamy cheeses, cured meats, mint, basil, citrus fruit and extra virgin olive oil.
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