Usage: Raw in fruit salads or in fruit platters. Serve at room temperature.
Selection: Good-quality Santa Claus melons will be fairly large and firm with a small amount of softness at the stem end. The coloring will be mottled yellow and green. The skin will have a slightly waxy feel when the melon is ripe.
Avoid: Avoid product that is too firm, too soft, has dark blemishes on the skin or is extremely green-colored.
Storage: Keep uncut Santa Claus melons at room temperature for two to four days or until fully ripe, then refrigerate for up to 5 days. Refrigerate cut up melon in a covered container up to 3 days. Keep in mind that once cut, melon odor will penetrate other foods.
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