Fresh cut, foodservice and retail customers are keen to secure a year-round supply of Canteloupe melons in a consistently high and uniform quality. This is now possible thanks to Rijk Zwaan’s Caribbean range of varieties.

Everything about Caribbean

Uniform quality all year round

All Caribbean varieties have:

  • bright orange flesh
  • a demonstrably high natural sugar content (Brix)
  • a long shelf life
  • a thin rind
  • a smooth, even skin without indentations
  • a small seed cavity

Consistently high-quality fruits are available all year round thanks to different varieties for winter and summer production.

Good flavour and appearance, efficient processing

The Caribbean varieties ensure that Canteloupes are continuously available with a homogeneous standard of quality. This means that retailers no longer have to disappoint their customers and gives foodservice companies year-round access to a popular ingredient for dishes such as fruit salads. The bright orange flesh and the smooth skin lend the fruits an attractive appearance. These melons taste significantly sweeter than comparable melons.

Thanks to their smooth, thin rind and small seed cavity the Caribbean melons are easy to process and they yield 5 to 10 percent more flesh than regular varieties.

Easy to grow and loaded with natural resistances

Having great characteristics for chain partners is very valuable, but good agronomical traits, like natural resistances are a crucial to support growers to deliver top quality cantaloupes.

These cantaloupe varieties have very strong plants as basis. The plants have natural tolerances and resistances to several issues that are common in the main production areas. Take for example our natural resistance against the cotton aphid that is a vector for several viruses. Because of the natural resistances cotton aphids don’t feel at home on the Caribbean plants and will cause significantly less troubles for the growers. (see for more details our solution page about AG Defense.

Do you need more information about our melon varieties? Please contact:
Vincent van Wolferen
Do you need more information about our melon varieties? Please contact:
Vincent van Wolferen
Marketing specialist melon & watermelon