Honeydew Facts

Honeydew is a member of the melon family of fruits also known as honeydew melon. Honeydew melons are one of the popular varieties of melons which are available all year round. It comes with a firm and smooth skin. The greenish white skin of the melon will turns to yellowish white as it ripens. The sweet flesh of the melon is pale-green in color. The fruit can be round or oval and has a long shelf life. The sweet juicy flesh of a honeydew melon is one of summer supreme pleasures. Honeydew’s thick, juicy, sweet flesh is often eaten for dessert, and is commonly found in supermarkets across the world. Honeydew melons are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of potassium.

Name Honeydew
Scientific Name Cucumis melo
Native Originated in Africa
Common/English Name American Melon, Fragrant Melon, Oriental Sweet Melon, Winter Melon.
Name in Other Languages For Cucumis melo L. (Inodorous Group)
Arabic : Shahed;
Spanish : Melón
Chinese : Yang Xiang Gua
French : Melon
Portuguese : Melão
Japanese : Shiro Uri
Malay : Tembikai Susu
German : Melone

For Cucumis melo L. (Inodorus Group) ‘Canary’
English : Canary Melon
French : Melon Espagnol
Vietnamese : Dưa Hoàng Yến

For Cucumis melo L. (Inodorus Group) ‘Crenshaw’
English : Crenshaw Melon (USA)
French : Melon Crenshaw

Cucumis melo L. (Inodorus Group) ‘Honey Dew’
Chinese : Mi Gua
Vietnamese : Dưa Mật
English : Honeydew Melon
Malay : Tembikai Susu
French : Melon D’hiver
Philippines : Honeydew
Japanese : Hanedeyuu Meron

Plant Growth Habit Annual, trailing, prostrate or rarely climbing herb.
Growing Climate Grow best in full sun or diffused sun.
Soil Prefers well-drained, dark, warm soil, with high organic matter content. Melons can be grown on heavier soils if well drained in which case raised beds may be beneficial.
Stem Angular and hirsute, sometimes becoming circular and glabrous.
Leaf Sub-orbicular to reniform, shallowly 5-7-lobed, lobes obtuse, both surfaces covered with soft villous hairs; size variable, 8–15 cm long and broad, smaller in wild forms.
Flower Usually andromonoecious; male flowers fascicled, perfect or female flowers solitary. Male flowers with villous, campanulate calyx of 5 subulate lobes, 5 lobed sub-campanulate yellow corollas, 3 free stamens. Bisexual flowers are similar with pubescent globose, ovoid or cylindrical ovary, with short, simple style and 3–5 obtuse stigmas.
Fruit Shape & Size Polymorphous, round, oval to oblong ellipsoid or football- shaped, (8)-15– 30 cm long
Fruit Color Green while young turning to white and later yellow when they mature
Fruit Weight 1.5–3.6 kg weight
Fruit Skin Sleek
Flesh Color Either white, pale greenish, yellow, or orange.
Taste Sweet and succulent
Seed Ovoid to ellipsoid, creamy white to brown.
Season July through September
Major Nutrition Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 30.6 mg (34.00%)
Carbohydrate 15.45 g (11.88%)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.15 mg (11.54%)
Potassium, K 388 mg (8.26%)
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 32 µg (8.00%)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 0.065 mg (5.42%)
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) 0.264 mg (5.28%)
Copper, Cu 0.041 mg (4.56%)
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.711 mg (4.44%)
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 4.9 µg (4.08%)
Health Benefits
  • Provides Hydration
  • Promotes Weight Loss
  • Curbs Hypertension
  • Nourishes the Skin
  • Improves Overall eye Health
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Caring for hepatitis
  • Prevents and Treats Diabetes
  • Recommended for Pregnant Women
  • Protect boils
Calories in 1 cup (170 gm) 61 K cal