Canary melons have a distinctively sweet flavor, slightly tangier than a honeydew melon. Its flesh looks like that of a pear but is softer and tastes similar to a cantaloupe. It’s a large, bright-yellow melon with a pale green to white inner flesh that, when ripe, the rind has a slightly waxy feel. ITs name comes from its bright yellow color, which resembles that of a canary. This melon is often marketed as the Juan Canary melon or “variety melons” and can be found in various shapes and sizes.
How to Store
– Store immediately covered or protected in the warmest part of the walk-in cooler. Melons are very susceptible to damage from too cold environments. Chill damage will cause the flesh to become soft and mealy.
– Store exposed product away from drafts from the cooler fan. Always keep melons in a protected environment.
– Melons are ethylene producers. Store away from vegetables that are ethylene sensitive.
– Do not stack product on top of the cases or cause the melons to be crushed.
– Remove any melons with damage or that begin to mold immediately.
– Follow good rotation practices, first shipments received should be used first.
– Avoid dropping the case or rough handling.
– Melons have an expected shelf life of 5-6 days. Plan to rotate frequently to maintain maximum quality.
– Avoid placing melons on non-sanitized kitchen counter tops to help prevent the potential for cross contamination. Always use sanitized, sharp knives to prep.
– Try to use the entire melon in the prep process. Refrain from storing partially used melons.
– Store prepared product in the refrigerator.