SPANISH SANTA CLAUS CROCODILE FROG SKIN MELON SEEDS HEIRLOOM JUICY AND SWEET! $1.60

WITH A FLAVOUR CROSSED BETWEEN A ROCKMELON AND A PEAR, THESE ARE  SWEET AND DELICIOUS! A VERY RARE HEIRLOOM FRUIT – THIS AMAZING MELON HAS ‘CROCODILE SCALES’ ON A GREEN SKIN HIDING A RARE TREAT INSIDE!

Also called the Piel de Sapo and although not widely known in Australia, it is the melon of choice in Spain. Piel de Sapo means “frog skin” in Spanish, and while the rough mottled rind of these melons closely resembles the amphibian they are named after, it has led some Australian people to call them “Croc-melons”.

The melon is shaped like an oval, similar to a football. The thick rind means that Piel de Sapos possess excellent shelf life and transportability and its tough exterior hides a dense, juicy and refreshing sweet flesh that has to be tried to be believed.

The Piel de Sapo is different in appearance both internally and externally to a rockmelon. They are green on the outside with creamy yellow flesh, similar to a honeydew but generally sweeter in taste.

Hybrid Piel de Sapo melon has an exceptional yield. These colourful specialty melons have white flesh and yellow and green spotted rinds. Vigorous vines protect the fruit.

How do I know when it’s ready to eat?
The secret to picking a good Piel de Sapo melon is to select a firm, yellowing olive-coloured melon with ample ‘netting’ or ‘cracking’ lines on the skin. This indicates that the melon is at its peak so its pale green-coloured flesh is sweet and ready to eat.

How should I store the melon and how long will it last?
Once you cut this melon up to share it’s not likely to last long! But Piel de Sapos do have a long shelf life and are best stored at a consistent 7-8 degrees celcius. The melon doesn’t like going in and out of refrigeration as the skin can condensate, resulting in black spots on the skin but it won’t effect the inner.

How should I serve a piel de sapo?
Although the Piel de Sapo is perfect on its own, its versatility allows it to be included in a range of meal occasions including for breakfast, as a snack, salads, appetisers, desserts and cheese platters paired with a crisp white wine.

Grow Notes
Prefers full sun in rich, well-draining soil.

Protect from mildew by watering the roots and not the leaves.

Sow
Sow direct in Spring, after frosts, or Summer. Plant seeds at a depth of 10mm with 60cm plant spacing and 120cm row spacing.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
4-14 days at 20-32°C

Maturity
85-110 days

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