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What could be more delicious than a sweet summer melon picked from your own backyard? There are a number of melons to choose from for your garden. Cantaloupe, also called muskmelon, has a netted tan rind and orange to pink flesh and is the most widely grown type. Charentais melon, difficult to find in supermarkets, looks similar to muskmelon but is smaller and has a smoother greenish rind with honey-sweet orange flesh.
Winter melons include honeydew, with a creamy white rind and light green or orange flesh; casaba melon, with yellow rind and white flesh; and Crenshaw melon, with a rough rind and pinkish flesh. All melons need extended temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit to grow well, so they're a great choice for warmer climates.
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Harvest muskmelons and charentais melons when the stem end separates easily from the fruit. The ripe fruit will also give off a sweet melon scent when it is ready to pick. Pick honeydew, casaba, and Crenshaw melons when the rind turns pale yellow and the blossom end of the fruit softens slightly.