Last week while grocery shopping, I came across this odd looking fruit in the grocery store... imagine a tiny watermelon with pointy ends and a bit more texture down the sides. On closer inspection, I found that it was called a Santa Claus Melon!
With a name like that, how could I NOT buy one for $4?
I brought it up and looked up what the internet had to say about my new friend. According to Wikipedia, it wasn't ripe yet... it was supposed to be softer at the ends.
So, I waited.
And after a week and a half, I decided that regardless of what the internet told me, my melon was ripe and it was time to eat it. So, I cut it open and the above was what I saw... essentially, a white version of yellow cantaloupe! In taste, that's what I would compare it to. (It's very much related to the cantaloupe). I believe it would be tastier when cooled, i.e. fresh out of the fridge, and will try that tomorrow with the remaining half that was not eaten last night.
Apparently they are called Santa Claus Melons because of their longevity - they were known to last all the way until Christmas when harvested some time earlier. I don't think you have to wait until December to try one though!