The overall melon market is very large. Actually, melons are grown outdoors everywhere in the world where it is hotter than 25°C. In less hot areas melons are grown in tunnels or greenhouses, in which the optimum temperature can be created. The tunnels and greenhouses are also used to lengthen the cultivation season; melons grown in tunnels are available at an earlier stage in the season.
Enza Zaden breeds mostly melon types that are largely intended for export, such as Galia, Piel de Sapo, Charentais and Cantaloupe melons. These types are grown in Southern Europe and in South and Central America for export to Spain, Northwest Europe and the USA. We have an active breeding programme for these types, and also many commercial varieties.
Our melon breeding activities focus on strong plants with good resistances and high yields, and above all also melons with a good flavour and taste. Our aim is to develop consistent varieties for growers, but also for the further links in the chain. Another important criterion for the entire chain besides flavour is keeping quality.
Piel de Sapo
Fully Netted Cantaloupe
For information about our wide range of varieties, please take a look at our local websites (Spain, Italy, Mexico, Germany, France, USA, UK, Morocco, Brazil, Russia, The Netherlands) or contact your local Enza Zaden representative.