Rock Melon/Rāka merengi
New Zealand rock melons are available from December to April.
Storage and Handling
Ripen on the bench, then store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
Rock melon origins can be traced back to Africa and Asia. Rock melon are sometimes known as canteloupe as they were originally cultivated near Cantalupo in Italy in the 18th Century.
- Also known as cantaloupe
- The aroma of rock melons usually indicate when they are ripe
- Bees play an important part in an abundant harvest of rock melons as the crop relies on pollination
- Rock and other melons are related to the summer squash family which includes marrows and courgettes
- Grown in areas with sandy well-drained soil and good irrigation
Rock Melon is a good source of vitamin C and a source of folate, potassium and niacin (vitamin B3).
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.