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About chamwae melons

Chamwae melons, also known as chamoe, yellow melon, or Korean Melon, have been enjoyed by Koreans for over 2,000 years, dating as far back as the Three Kingdoms Period from 57 BC to 668 AD. The modern chamwae melon differs from the historical chamwae in one key feature: sweetness. Before the mid-20th century, many regional varieties existed in Korea, from the gam, gangseo, ggol, ggul, Jul, to the Cheong-sagwa, and more, but they weren't all that sweet. Chamwae melons were much more similar to cucumber in flavor.

Etymologists trace the word chamwae back to the cucumber. The root "cham" means true, and the suffix "oe" means cucumber. 

Unripe melons can be used to make various types of tsukemono pickles.

The chamwae has a bright yellow skin over a thin rind with white flesh and tiny seeds. It measures approximately 6 inches long and weighs around one pound. In many ways, it resembles the honeydew melon without the sweetness. In 1957, that changed with the introduction of the Euncheon chamwae from Japan.

The Euncheon chamwae was much sweeter than its older siblings and soon took over. By the 1980s, the Euncheon chamwae accounted for nearly all of the chamwae grown and sold. In regions of Korea, you can still find the original chamwae with its cucumber flavor profile. Still, unless you plan on making a savory, pickled side dish, the Euncheon chamwae offers the light, refreshing sweetness that makes a hot summer day more enjoyable.

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FAQs About Chamwae Melons

The entire melon, from the skin to seeds, is edible. Many people peel the melon and discard the seeds because of the flavor and texture. The chamwae melon, cut into cubes and chilled, offers a refreshing snack on a hot day. The high amount of water in the chamwae makes for a great smoothie. You can add a little sugar and lime juice and blend. You can make frozen chamwae melon pops that the kids, or the kid in you, will love. Many chamwea lovers make ice cream from the flesh. Simply substitute chamwae for the fruit in your ice cream recipe. If you happen to purchase an unripe melon, you can always pickle it, experimenting with various pickling flavors like garlic, herbs, or spicy peppers.

Chamwae melons have a short shelf life once picked. They should last 5-7 days at room temperature. If you think you've purchased an unripe chamwae, you can leave it sitting on your counter for a day or two before cutting. Once cut, you can store the chamwae in a plastic container in your refrigerator for 7-10 days. You can freeze the cut chamwae melon for 1-2 months using vacuum-sealed freezer bags.

The chamwae melon doesn't have the sweetness you find in other melons like watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe, but they do taste sweet. And that doesn't make them any less refreshing. Many people believe the mild sweetness of the chamwae melon won't make you as thirsty as other, sweeter melons.
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