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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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