Santa Claus Melon (Piel De Sapo)
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The Santa Claus melon, sometimes known as Christmas melon or Piel De Sapo, is a variety of melon originating in Spain that grows to about a foot in length and is ovoid in shape.
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. When you cut a piel de sapo, don't cut too closely to the rind as that's where the melon isn't as sweet.
It is very rich in potassium which is good for your heart. Its main quality is the high concentration of vitamins A and C: just 200 grams of melon, in fact, contain 60 mg of vitamin C which is good to strengthen the immune system and protect the skin.
How to tell when Ripe:
A Santa Claus melon or piel de sapo is ripe when it is a deep yellow shade, rather than mostly green. In addition, you will notice that the blossom ends will become a little bit soft, yielding to pressure. Don't expect to find the usual melon aroma as a sign of ripeness. The skin is too thick for this.