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canary melon

Canary Melon

Although it is not clear whether they come from Africa or Asia, melons have been known for more than three thousand years in China. The first melons were more like cucumber because of their very bitter flavor. Later, by hybridization, the melons became softer and perfumed. Their introduction in Reunion Island probably dates back from the first settlers who arrived in the island, baptized Bourbon Isle, at the beginning of the 17th century.

The Canary melon’s name comes from its bright yellow color reminding that of the bird. The Canary melon is a large, bright-yellow elongated melon made of a pale green to white pulp. Its taste has a sweet flavor slightly tangier than a honeydew melon. When ripe, its skin has a slightly waxy feel.

Canary melons are an excellent source of fiber facilitating digestion. It is also beneficial to decrease heart disease, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.

High in vitamin C, it contains antioxidants that protect from cell-damaging free radicals. Also rich in vitamin A, it favors eye health.