Canary melons are best known for having a long post-vine shelf-life, allowing them to be stored longer. The Canary melon is oval-shaped, with a smooth skin. When the melon is ripe, its hard rind turns bright yellow, it develops a slightly waxy feel. The texture of the flesh (usually a green color that is slightly paler than found with honeydew melons) is very succulent, almost wet and semi firm, similar to a ripe pear. The melon tastes both tangy and mildly sweet. Choose Canary melons that are bright yellow (no green coloring on the skin) as this indicates that they are mature and ready to eat. The Canary melon is sometimes referred to as a Juan Canary melon. The canary is not as sweet as many varieties of melons, but has a tendency to enhance the taste of other fruits when mixed into fruit salads.