Yellow honeydew are probably the most eye-catching of the melon types. The bright yellow skin and elongated shape cannot be missed in a store, and they are generally on the larger size compared to Galia and Canteloupe. The flesh is an attractive creamy white-yellow and the flavour, when good, is sweet and mildly fragrant. Yellow honeydew have great shelf-life and can last for weeks in cool room temperatures.
Ripeness: Good-quality yellow honeydew melons will be firm with a small amount of softness at the stem, otherwise they are difficult to select for sweetness. From Brazil, the Itaueira brand melon, usually sold in a net, has a good reputation.
Grown in: Yellow Honeydew are mainly grown for the European market (a Honeydew in USA is a creamy green-yellow colour), but can be produced in any Mediterranean climatic region.
Harvest & Availability: Due to their durability, most yellow honeydew on sale in UK come from either Spain or Brazil, with small volumes from Senegal, Costa Rica, Italy, etc.
June to September: Spain, Italy
October to May: Brazil
December to May: Costa Rica