Consumer demand for melon is high and it ranks fourth among the most sought-after fruit in global markets, following the orange, banana and grape.
Melon was introduced to the New World by the Spanish colonizers. In that era, the fruit was about the size of an orange. Throughout centuries, it has evolved in both size and variety.
The Dominican Republic produces Honey Dew, Cantaloupe, and Amarillo. In 2012, our domestic production surpassed 600,000 quintals and exports reached US$2.5 million. From Dominican plantations all the way to Europe’s popular markets, like the picturesque Mouffetard in Paris, our melons are sought after by consumers.