We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How Do I Choose the Best Santa Claus Melon?

By Misty Amber Brighton
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
DelightedCooking is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At DelightedCooking, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A Santa Claus melon often looks like a small watermelon on the outside, but is more like a cantaloupe on the inside. These Christmas melons are normally ripe in December, so you should try to buy one during this time if possible. One way to determine how ripe the fruit is would be to check for melon firmness to make sure that it is neither too soft nor too hard. The melon color can also be an indicator of when this fruit is ripe and ready to be eaten. A good melon will have a somewhat sweet smell that is not overpowering.

This melon is normally ready to be picked in late November or early December each year, which is why it is called a Santa Claus melon. Should you find these Christmas melons in a supermarket at other times, the fruits are likely to be either under-ripe or over-ripe. If they are slightly under-ripe, they may be placed on a kitchen counter and allowed to ripen naturally. These melons are good keepers, often lasting past New Year's Day if stored in a refrigerator.

By taking your thumb and pressing in on either end of the Santa Claus melon, you can get an idea of the melon's firmness. A perfectly ripe melon will give slightly whenever you press on it, but you should not be able to press through the rind. If the rind does not give at all, it is not yet ripe, but if a slight indentation is left, the melon is ideal for eating.

Another way to determine which melon to buy is by looking at the melon's color. Like watermelons, a Santa Claus melon is dark green and yellow on the outside. Generally speaking, a ripe Santa Claus melon will have darker spots than one that is not yet ripe. Look for one with dark gold markings, as this is an indicator that the fruit is ready to be picked and eaten.

After cutting a Santa Claus melon open, you should remove the seeds from the center of the fruit. This is a good time to inspect the flesh to make sure it is neither too firm nor too soft. Once you have cut the melon open, you may notice a light aroma similar to that of a muskmelon. This should be a very light smell, as a strong odor could be an indication that the fruit is past its peak freshness.

DelightedCooking is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.