Sprite melon is well adapted to North Carolina growing conditions and
can be successfully produced from the middle of June through September
in eastern North Carolina. This unique melon has a fruity flavor that
resembles a cross between a honeydew and pear.
The Sprite melon also has a distinct appearance in which the rind turns
from cream to white with yellow mottling when ripe. The flesh is white
and crisp much like an apple. The fruit will average from 1 to 1.5 pounds
making it a convenient snack size for the consumer. The melon surface
will produce a few brown concentric 'sugar cracks' at the calyx (blossom
end) when the fruit has a high sugar content. Sugar content in Sprite
melons can reach over 18 percent, which is 25 to 30 percent higher than
most other melons. One serving provides 150 percent of the daily value
of vitamin C and has 0 calories from fat.
Cooling/Storage Requirements of North Carolina Sprite