The Santa Claus melon, sometimes known as Christmas melon or “Piel de Sapo” in Spanish, is a variety that grows to approximately 1 foot in length and is oblong in shape with a thick, outer green-striped rind with a pale green inner pulp that provides a mild melon flavor that can rival honeydew melons in terms of sheer sweetness. The Santa Claus melon should be slightly soft, especially on the ends, and should be washed, split in half lengthwise, and its seeds scooped out before eating. Melons also meet great drink receptacles; just use a knife to cut off the top and mix your drink with an edible, all-natural melon “glass.”
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.