Fruit of the month: Christmas Melon

Among the many types of melons, there is also one that resembles a rugby ball, olive green in colour with some white cracking lines on the skin.

It is most commonly grown in Spain, known under the name Piel de Sapo, which translates to toad skin. You can find it at every fruit seller with watermelons and other types of melons in The Gambia in March.

The melon’s flesh is light green and has a delicious, not too strong, refreshing taste. It is not as sweet as yellow melon but very close to the taste of honeydew melon.

It is also known as the winter-weather melon and has the quality of perseverance. You can keep it in your fridge for few weeks without a worry that it would get spoiled. This is also where another name for it (Christmas melon) comes from – lasting till Christmas. Of course, this is the name that is being used in the western world. In The Gambia, it is usually just being called white watermelon, small watermelon, or honey melon.

In the high season you can buy this delicious melon for D150 per kilo.

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