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The Galia is a type of hybrid melon originating from a cantaloupe-honeydew cross[citation needed], larger than a cantaloupe, and with deep green flesh. Developed in Israel around 1970 by the melon breeder Zvi Karchi, the Galia was named after Karchi’s daughter.[1]

Most varieties have fairly large fruit compared to other melons. The most common size is one kilo. Like any melon, they are sweet and aromatic, with a flavor more like a cantaloupe than a honeydew, although with a complexity of their own. Ripeness is measured not by softness at the stem but rather by color and fragrance.[2] Left at room temperature, Galias keep well, but after cutting, any piece you don’t eat should be wrapped and refrigerated to preserve taste.

They are not particularly difficult to grow. Galias are now grown in Brazil, Spain, Southern U.S. regions, Costa Rica, Panama, and Egypt.

Written on April 18th, 2012 , Fruits Tags:

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