Galia Melon (Souihla)
Take a moment to recall the sweetest melon you’ve ever had. Perhaps it was Honeydew or Butterscotch. They’re very sweet varieties after all. Now, imagine a variety that’s even sweeter, juicier, softer and more aromatic. That’s Galia melon. A cross between honeydew and cantaloupe commonly called souihla in Morocco and grown right outside of Marrakesh in the fertile Haouz plain where the soil is rich in minerals and good to its crops. Galia is a deep, yellowish dirty green and feels slightly mushy as if overripe and rotten.That’s nothing to worry about. Its flavor is fresh and strong. Its flesh is sweet as honey,and though soft doesn’t feel sandy in the mouth.
Look out for Galia next melon season. They may not be as commonly found in the US as they are in the Mediterranean but they’re grown here in California (what isn’t!) and are sometimes available in markets.