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About Galia melons
Galia melons are not as common as their parents, the cantaloupe and honeydew, but their flavor is distinctly unique. They're available from mid-spring to fall and are mostly grown in Spain, Turkey, and Morocco, as well as some countries in South America like Costa Rica and Brazil. These melons are imported into the U.S., although Florida has had some success in growing them in greenhouses. California is another state which is starting to grow the Galia melons in the U.S.
The Galia melon was developed in Israel in the 1960s by Dr. Zvi Karchi at the Newe Ya'ar Research Center. These melons were not available for commercial sale until 1973 and quickly grew to be a popular melon in the market across Europe. In recent years, the Galia melon has grown in popularity in the United States as well, and with countries closer to the United States and a few states growing them, they can be enjoyed at an earlier time from the point it was cultivated.
Galia melon is a cross between the honeydew and cantaloupe melons. The outside is similar to the cantaloupe and has an orange hew netting with a pale green flesh like a honeydew. It differentiates itself with a sweet and spicy flavor with tropical aromas.
As with most fruits, the Galia melon has plenty of nutrients that are essential to a healthy diet. They're high in vitamins C and A, contain potassium, calcium, iron, and plenty of fiber to help with digestion. There's also no cholesterol or fats.
Let's go over some of the salad and drink choices you can prepare with Galia melons:
Galia melon salad: This is a salad where the melon shines. Just cut the melon into wedges and remove the rind from each one and cut in smaller pieces. Add something that is creamy like your favorite cheese, a bit of spice of your choice, and any other fruit you enjoy like watermelon or cucumbers. Choose a dressing that is light and refreshing, like lemon juice.
Galia melon with prosciutto: Combining the sweetness of melon with the saltiness of prosciutto is perfect. On a plate, place prosciutto slices and melon pieces however you find best. You can add some fresh mozzarella to add a creamier taste but melon and prosciutto are a classic combination.
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