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Rock Melon

Rock Melon/Rāka merengi

Rock Melon Availability

New Zealand rock melons are available from January to March.


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. Rockmelon are sometimes known as canteloupe as they were originally cultivated near Cantalupo in Italy in the 18th Century.



  • Also know as cantaloupe
  • The aroma of rock melons usually indicate when they are ripe
  • Grown in areas with sandy well-drained soil and good irrigation
  • 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


Growing Facts

  • Grow in areas with sandy well-drained soil and good irrigation

Nutrition Information

1 wedge = 150 g

  Average Quantity
per serving
% Daily Intake per serve Average Quantity
per 100 g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 200/48 2% 134/32
Protein (g) 1.7 3% 1.1
Fat, total (g) 0.1 0% 0.1
- saturated (g) 0.0 0% 0.0
Available carbohydrate (g) 9.4 3% 6.3
- sugars (g) 9.2 11% 6.1
Dietary Fibre (g) 0.8 3% 0.5
Sodium (mg) 11 0% 7
Vitamin C (mg) 41 102% RDI* 27
Folate (µg) 29 14% RDI* 19
Niacin (mg) 1 11% RDI* 0.72
Potassium (mg) 558   372

Percentage Daily Intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ

Your daily Intakes may be higher or lower depending on your energy needs

*Recommended Dietary Intake (Average Adult)


Source: FOODfiles 2016