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Four other melons worth the cut
2. Galia (pictured): The light-green flesh inside this melon is sweeter than that of the American cantaloupe; it's often reserved for dessert. Peak season: May through August.
3. Sprite: This grapefruit-sized melon has sweet, crisp ivory flesh, the taste of which contains hints of watermelon, honeydew, and pear—but much sweeter. Peak season: June and July.
4. Orange-Fleshed Honeydew: A luscious cross between cantaloupe and honeydew, with a slightly creamy flavor. Look for a smooth, whitish rind with a waxy texture. Peak season: May through August.
An easier way to slice
Step 1: Place washed melon on a cutting board, and use a sharp, heavy knife to slice about one inch from the stem end to make a stable cutting surface.
Tip: Always rinse a melon before slicing. Melons are grown in dirt and frequently handled: They may look clean but can harbor bacteria on the skin—especially netted varieties like cantaloupe. Thoroughly rinse so you don't transfer bacteria to fruit when cutting.
Stand it up
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Watermelon Gazpacho recipe
Try using watermelon wherever you might use a tomato. For example, Watermelon Gazpacho pairs watermelon with traditional gazpacho elements such as cucumber, bell pepper, and onion in a sweet and savory chilled soup.