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What's all the fuss about? Well, for one thing, the French adore Charentais - they traditionally serve the melon with prosciutto. It's even said that French farmers teach their sons and daughters how to grow the perfect Charentais.
Our Charentais melon from Brazil is a petite-sized melon averaging 2 to 3 pounds in weight. It has a smooth, hard, pistachio-grey coloured skin and distinct green ribbing. Its dense flesh is salmon-orange and surrounds a central seed cavity. The succulent yet firm flesh is incredibly sweet and gives off highly fragrant aromas of tropical fruit and floral notes.
Unsurpassed eating quality, delightful aroma and superb sweet flavour.
Appropriate for both sweet and savoury dishes, it is an excellent compliment to salty meats and cheeses or simply eaten fresh as a sweet snack. The Chanterais melon can be used as a breakfast fruit and as a salad ingredient and makes a great addition to both drinks and desserts. Charentais melon pairs well with feta and goat cheeses, almonds and hazelnuts, mint, citrus, port, muscat and cured pork. It may be used in recipes similarly to cantaloupe. Once ripe, it is highly perishable and must be kept refrigerated until ready to use.