Crenshaw melons, sometimes called Cranshaw melons, are treasured for their natural sweetness and characteristic flavor. They are cucurbits, and are related to pumpkins, squash and cucumbers. Part Casaba melon and part Persian, the Crenshaw has a rind that is typically yellow with green streaks and textural striations running from stem end to blossom end. The flesh is usually a deep orange, reminiscent of a cantaloupe. Know the signs of ripeness in order to enjoy your Crenshaw melon at its peak flavor.
Put pressure on the outside of the Crenshaw melon. It should not be rock hard, nor should it be very soft.
Press your finger pad into the stem end. Ripe Crenshaw melons will give a little, signaling a softness inside.
Smell the stem end. Crenshaw melons have a strong aroma that is similar to cantaloupe.
Look closely at the rind. A ripe Crenshaw's rind develops an orange cast as it gets riper.
Shake your Crenshaw melon to see if the seeds are loose. Loose seeds indicate the melon is ripe.