Melons, melons, melons

first_imgBy William Terry KelleyUniversity ofGeorgiaGeorgia is known for its watermelons. But other types of melonscan grow here, too, to provide a different flavor for your tastebuds.Of course, cantaloupes are common and widely grown here. Butthere are many melons related to these that you may not haveheard much about.The melons in the Cucumis melo L. (Reticulatus group) include ourcommon cantaloupes and charentais and galia melons. All of themelons that belong to the melo species are called muskmelons. Butnot all muskmelons are cantaloupes. The Inodorus group includeshoneydew, Christmas, casaba, Crenshaw and canary melons.Casaba fruits aren’t netted likecantaloupes, but have deep wrinkles. The skin color may vary byvariety, which include “Golden Beauty,” “MaryGold,” “WinterPineapple” and “Santa Claus.”These melons have various shapes and sizes. The flesh is thickand either white, yellow or orange. Casabas don’t have the muskyodor of a cantaloupe or the sweetness of a honeydew.Crenshaw melons are casabacrosses, so they’re close relatives of this type.Charentais melons have been calledthe finest melon in taste, texture and fragrance. They’reglobe-shaped and have either a slightly netted or gray-green,waxy rind with dark green sutures.These melons have a deep orange flesh with a spicy aroma. They’reusually sweeter than cantaloupes but have a soft flesh thatshortens the shelf life.Among the varieties, “Robinson” has a good flavor and pale orangeflesh. “Fidji” has a pale orange flesh that’s also very sweet.”Figaro” is said to have a hint of caramel with a full, muskyflavor. “Romulus” and “Escrito” are also available.Oriental, crisp-flesh melons havecaptured the interest of many in the South in recent years. Thesweet type of these are oblong to round with rinds from yellow togreen or white.The fruits are small, and most have a white, crisp flesh.Varieties include “Sprite,” “Gold Star,” “Yellow Queen,” “NewCentury” and “Jade Flower.”Galia melons are basicallygreen-fleshed cantaloupes. The rind will turn dark green togolden yellow at peak harvest time. The green flesh is muchsofter than that of a honeydew, but it’s firmer than the orangeflesh of the cantaloupe.They’re typically very fragrant, but they have a short shelflife. “Gallicum” is probably the most popular of these varieties.But “Golan 329” and “Sunny Gal” have shown promise.Juan Canary melons are grown inhot, dry climates. They have attractive fruit with a smooth rindthat turns golden yellow as the fruits ripen. The flesh is firmand light green to white. Sometimes there’s a tinge of orangenear the fruit cavity.Japanese melons are usually grownin greenhouses in Japan and command a high price there. Thesemelons are slightly oval and very sweet. They have an extremelywell netted, green rind. The flesh is usually green, very sweetand firm. “Emerald Jewel” and “Emerald Sweet” are popularvarieties.Piel de Sapo, or Christmas melons,are football-shaped. They have yellow to green, mottled rinds anda very pale orange or light green flesh. They don’t have sutures.These melons take longer to mature than any of the others and aretraditionally grown in hot, dry climates. “Sancho” is one variety.Ananas is an oval-to-long, netted,nonsutured, yellow melon with white flesh. Green when immature,it turns yellow to burnt orange at maturity. The flesh isfragrant, sweet and juicy.The prospect of growing these melons for shipping in Georgiaisn’t great. Many don’t resist diseases well or tolerate our hot,humid conditions, and many have a relatively short shelf-life.However, you can try them in the garden, especially in the middleto northern parts of the state. You might try them at the dinnertable, too, if you see them at the market.(Terry Kelley is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

Weekly Update: Signing Pension Reform, Protecting Seniors from Financial Fraud, Seeking Bipartisan Health Care Compromise

first_img#AHCA talks continue in U.S. Senate. @SenBobCasey and I hosted a call today with reporters on how the bill would hurt older PA’ians.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 15, 2017 The Blog,  Weekly Update On Monday, Governor Wolf was joined by legislators in the Capitol Rotunda to sign Senate Bill 1, the bipartisan pension reform bill. The governor provided remarks during the signing and applauded legislators for working across party lines to pass the legislation that will protect taxpayers.Protecting and advocating for Pennsylvania seniors is a priority for Governor Wolf and his administration. On Thursday, the Wolf Administration stood with advocates in the Capitol Rotunda in support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.This week, the governor was joined by Department of Banking and Securities Secretary Robin L. Wiessmann and Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne to host panel discussions on protecting seniors from financial fraud and scams in Monaca and Scranton. On Friday, Governor Wolf spoke at the Elder Access to Justice Roundtable Conference where he addressed his administration’s efforts to protect seniors. The governor also focused on the potentially harmful impacts the American Health Care Act would have on older Pennsylvanians.Governor Wolf has been vocal about the devastating effects the American Health Care Act would have on Pennsylvanians if passed. On Wednesday, the governor voiced serious concerns about a report that highlighted the potential loss of 85,000 jobs in Pennsylvania due to changes in federal health care. Governor Wolf also joined U.S. Senator Casey for a press call on Thursday to discuss the negative impact passage of the American Health Care Act would have on Pennsylvanians. On Friday, Governor Wolf joined a bipartisan group of governors to send a letter to U.S. Senate leadership asking them to change the approach they are taking on health care.Governor Wolf’s Week, June 11, 2017 – June 17, 2017Monday, 6/12/17Governor Wolf Announces Pilot Program to Connect Community Schools to Health-Related Services in PhiladelphiaWorkplace Safety Awareness Month, 2017Remarks by Governor Wolf at Pension Reform Bill SigningGovernor Wolf Signs Pension Reform Bill into LawTuesday, 6/13/17Governor Wolf Praises Senate Action to Form Bipartisan Lead Task ForceWolf Administration Announces Denial of Appeal for Disaster Declaration RequestGovernor Wolf Hosts Panel Discussion on Protecting Seniors from Financial FraudWednesday, 6/14/17Wolf Administration Adds New Programs to Assist Job Seekers with Target Training OpportunitiesGovernor Wolf Alarmed by Report on Job Losses from Federal Health Care ChangesGovernor Wolf Hosts Seniors Financial Protection Panel Discussion in ScrantonThursday, 6/15/17Governor Wolf Vows to Protect PA Medical Marijuana Patients from Federal GovernmentPennsylvania Stands United Against Elder AbuseGovernor Wolf Announces Opening of Another Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station Under Public Private PartnershipGovernor Tom Wolf Commends Attorney General for Launch of Probe into Opioid Marketing and AddictionFriday, 6/16/17Governor Wolf Takes Fathers’’ Day Pledge to End Gender ViolenceGovernor Wolf Addresses Elder Access to Justice Conference, Warns of the AHCA’s Damaging Effects on SeniorsGovernor Wolf Joins Bipartisan Governors to Call on Washington to Change Health Care ApproachHighlights from TwitterBack to back #StanleyCup champions! #PAproud https://t.co/0TNXPfFuso— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 12, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Weekly Update: Signing Pension Reform, Protecting Seniors from Financial Fraud, Seeking Bipartisan Health Care Compromise June 16, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more