Galia Melon

General Information: The Galia is a type of melon similar to a cantaloupe, though larger, and with deep green flesh. The word Galia is of Hebrew origin meaning 'God has redeemed'.

Most varieties have fairly large fruit compared to other melons. Like any melon, they are sweet and aromatic, with a flavor more like a cantaloupe than a honeydew, although with a complexity of their own. Ripeness is measured not by softness at the stem but rather color and fragrance. Left at room temperature, Galias keep well, but after cutting, each piece should be wrapped and refrigerated to preserve taste.

They are not particularly difficult to grow. Developed in Israel, Galias are now grown in Brazil, California U.S.A., Chile, Southern U.S. regions, Costa Rica and Panama. Galia is the only melon harvested in late summer and early fall; it can be grown anywhere other melons can. Galias shouldn't be picked until ripeness is assured and they have a high sugar content.

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