The Crenshaw melon, also spelled Cranshaw. Considered one of the sweetest varieties in the melon family, the Crenshaw is a hybrid cross between the Casaba melon and the Persian melon. There are two types of Crenshaw melons: green and white. The white variety is the most common as it is sunburn resistant. The Crenshaw is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family and a modern crossbreed of the inodorus group of melons. Melons in the inodorus group are generally larger melons, take longer to grow and have better shelf-lives than summer melon varieties. What they often lack compared to other melons is fragrance.
Mostly spherical in shape, it has a somewhat flattened bottom and tapers to a gentle point at the stem-end. The hard rind is yellowish-green, and has a rough corrugated texture void of netting. Its dense yet tender peach-colored flesh is very sweet and slightly spicy. The melon’s skin turns golden-yellow at the peak of ripeness and will have slightly waxy feel. Crenshaw melons are quite large, averaging 8 to 10 pounds in weight.