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North Carolina Sprite Melons

North Carolina Sprite MelonsThe 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.


North Carolina Sprite Melons Growers/Shipper List

Cooling/Storage Requirements of North Carolina Sprite Melons

Suitable Cooling Method(s)

Room Cooling

Optimum Temp ºF

45-55ºF

Freezing Temp ºF

30ºF

Normal Storage Life

2-3 weeks