Uncommon Fruit Syrups: Honeydew Melon
Honeydew melons… where to begin? They’re the bane of breakfast bars, the scourge of the serving line, and the canker of cafeterias. Too harsh? Probably so, but that’s the general reputation that this unfortunate melon has earned for itself with most diners. If it seems like every honeydew melon you’ve had leaves something to be desired, then we beg you to reconsider. Once you eat a good honeydew melon, your life will change. We promise.
The Truth About Honeydew Melons
- Traditionally, honeydew melon is used as a cheap filler for fruit salad, taking up large chunks of space between expensive berries and juicy strawberries. This kind of honeydew melon is what most people are familiar with: the cardboard-tasting-good-for-nothing-waste-of-space-melon.
- A quality honeydew melon, on the other hand, should be extremely juicy and sweet. Honeydew melons this good have been known to make people do some crazy things. (See next bullet point.)
- The famous author Alexandre Dumas (The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo) donated his works to the public library in Cavaillon, France, in exchange for a dozen of the town’s honeydew melons every year until his death.
- Of course, Cavaillon doesn’t produce just average melons. The town is respected as the honeydew melon capital of the world.
- In addition to tasting great, honeydew melons are quite good for you, too. They’re loaded with potassium, B vitamins, copper, and vitamin C.
- To get a perfectly ripe honeydew melon, choose a heavy melon with a waxy smooth rind (as opposed to fuzzy). If you press the rind, it should have a little bit of give (but not too much).
- Honeydew melon usually has green flesh. However, if you get the chance, try a “temptation melon,” a version of the fruit that has orange flesh instead. (No, this isn’t a pitch to get you to try cantaloupe.)
While we aren’t in the melon business, we do carry a number of uncommon fruit syrups for tea, cocktails, and even coffee. And – you guessed it – one of those syrups is a delicious honeydew melon premium syrup. If you aren’t going to give the honeydew melon a try, we hope you’ll at least try mixing some of your favorite tea and cocktail recipes with Amoretti Premium Honeydew Melon Syrup! Get started with this great recipe for Honeydew Melon Iced Tea.