Honey Kiss Melon
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Honey Kiss melons are elongated in shape and are a Hami variety melon. They have a golden exterior skin that is covered in a cream colored netting. The interior flesh is a pale, peach color and is crisp and juicy. The flavor of the Honey Kiss melon is very sweet, with a Brix level ranging between 12-16. Choose Honey Kiss melons with a sweet honey aroma and a few brown spots on the outside as these are sugar spots indicating an extremely sweet melon.
Honey Kiss melons are available in the summer to early fall months.
Honey Kiss melons are botanically known as Cucumis melo. Honey Kiss melons were specifically developed for Sandstone Melon company in the early 2000s as part of a specialty line of melons that were all branded under the "Kiss" name. Along with the Honey Kiss melon, the line also includes the sugar kiss, golden kiss and summer kiss melon. These were all marketed with the tag line "A Kiss for Every Desire." Due to its popularity, the company has recently released mini kiss melons to attract children and smaller households.
Honey Kiss melons are a good source of vitamins A, B and C. They also have antioxidant properties that are believed to help protect against certain cancers.
Honey Kiss melons are best for use in fresh applications. Cut melons into cubes for fresh eating or slice thinly and wrap with prosciutto or pair with other cured meats. Puree Honey Kiss melons to make cocktails with champagne, rum, tequila or white wines. Dice to make a fruit salsa with lime, cilantro, tomato and red onion. Honey Kiss melons pair well with berries, ginger, tarragon, vanilla, yogurt and other melons. Honey Kiss melons will keep well at room temperature until fully ripe. Once cut, wrap any unused melon and keep refrigerated for up to 5 days.
The Hami melon is celebrated every summer in July during the annual Hami Melon Festival in Xinjiang, China. The melon festival features a melon carving contest, painting, and folk art performances. During the festival over 100 different Hami melon varieties are on display and available to taste for free to all festival goers.
Honey Kiss melons are a hybrid Hami melon variety. The Hami melon originated in Hami Prefecture (located in eastern Xinjiang, China) over 700 hundred years ago. Known as the “King of Melons” in China, it quickly became a favorite of the Emperor and royalty in China due to its sweet flavor.
Recipes that include Honey Kiss Melon. One is easiest, three is harder.
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