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Cantaloupe Melon or Ha Ma Gwa
This is a Chinese version of the cantaloupe melon and closer in size and shape to a Persian Melon. It is common in all Chinese wet markets, whilst some supermarkets will stock these and also the standard cantaloupe type.
These are about 1 foot long by 6 inches wide and have a wrinkly skin. Choose heavy ones that have a sweet scent and are soft near the flower end. They can keep for several weeks in the fridge, but must be used within days once cut open

Pictured is one my wife bought and it was sweet and delicious. You may be interested to know she paid ¥3.5 for it, or about 30 British pence (October 2010)

Eat as you would any melon - by removing the seeds and eating the internal flesh.
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Ha Ma Gwa should be eaten fresh and uncooked, however as with any Chinese food, they can be cooked. I think this is a waste, but if you do want to do something with them other than perhaps balls in a fruit salad, then here are some recipes they could be substituted in:

Notable recipes include:
* Mango Soup
* Fan Shei Soup or Chinese sweet yams
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