In our opinion the best melon in the world! The plump, globe-shaped Charentais melon and sometimes spelled Charantais, has either a smooth or slightly netted grayish, yellow-green rind with dark green furrows. Considered a dessert melon, its juicy, orange flesh offers an intense, sweet flavor and a rich, flowery aroma. Usually the size of a large grapefruit, their average weight is about 1 Kilo. When ripe, the rind loses its gray cast and turns a warmer yellow color.
Melons are good sources of potassium and vitamin C. Melons with orange flesh offer an excellent source of beta-carotene.
Serve fresh or chilled. Juice, freeze, bake, grill. To store, refrigerate ripe or cut melons; use within a few days.
A very popular European melon and an especially favored French variety, this melon is prized in France, where melon halves filled with a sweet wine such as Barsac, Marsala, Port or Madeira are served as an hors d'oeuvre
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