Galia melon

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The Galia melon, also known as sarda in Southeast Asia, is hybrid melon. It comes from a cross between the green-flesh melon cultivar 'Ha-Ogen' and the netted-rind melon cultivar 'Krimka'. It was developed in Israel at the Ne´ve Yaar Research Center of the Agricultural Research Organisation by Dr. Zvi Karchi.[1] It was released in 1973, and named after Karchi's daughter, whose name means "God's wave" in Hebrew.[2]The Galia melon can look like a cantaloupe the outside and a honeydew inside.[3]

Galia melons have the following characteristics:[4]

  • average weight is one kilogram.
  • a rounded shape.
  • rough lines on the skin.
  • are yellow when ripe.
  • they have a sweet taste and smell.

Ripeness is measured by color of the skin, when it starts turning from green to yellow.[5] After cutting, uneaten pieces should be wrapped and refrigerated to keep flavor.

They are not difficult to grow. Galias are now grown in Algeria, Brazil, Guatemala, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Southern US regions, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Greece, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt.

References[change | change source]

  1. Karchi, Z. 2000 Development of melon culture and breeding in Israel. Acta Horticulturae 2000 510: 13-17
  2. University of Florida. "02 » UF Develops Method To Grow Exotic Galia Muskmelons » University of Florida". Archived from the original on 2012-12-16.
  3. "Galia Melon". Melissa's World Variety Produce. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  4. OECD: International Standardisation of Fruit and Vegetables. Melons. OECD Publishing, 2006, S. 54–57. ISBN 978-92-64-02255-3 (online)
  5. Mitchell, Jean Marie M. (2007). "Fruit yield, quality variables and powdery mildew susceptibility of Galia melon cultivars grown in a passively ventilated greenhouse" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-01-13.