We are all familiar with the standard varieties of melons-Cantaloupes, Honeydew and Watermelon. They are grown in many parts of the world and are available year round. Melons are native to the region stretching from Egypt to India. In ancient Egypt, Watermelons were traditionally offered to thirsty travelers and are still important today for their high water content. Aromatic melon varieties are prized for their flavor and perfume and are rich in vitamin A and C and provide dietary fiber. Melons are related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash, growing as they do on long, trailing vines. During the Spring and Summer months, several seasonal varieties become available to us and we offer a mixed case of Specialty Melons. These Melons are grown in both Arizona and California from April to October with peak season in July. Melons should be heavy in weight, an indication of freshness. Avoid melons with soft skin or blemishes on the skin. To store, keep melons at room temperature for two to three days. Refrigerate ripe or cut melons up to three days. Remove from the walk-in about one-half hour before serving for best flavor.