Santa Claus melon can be bought when not fully ripe and allowed to ripen. It will take several days or a few weeks, or more depending the stage or ripeness, when you bought it.
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, 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.