Mexican Melon Shipments Increase by 11 Percent

Mexican Melon Shipments Increase by 11 Percent

Mexican melon volumes are growing. Figures from the Mexican Information Service of Agrofood and Fishing (SIAP) indicate that fruit production grew by 11.2% in 2023, compared to the 580,000 tons recorded in 2022. 

Michoacan is the main producing state in the country, accounting for 144,600 tons. 

The U.S. is the main market for Mexican melons with a market value of 25,6 million dollars in 2022. In addition to domestic consumption, Mexican producers export the fruit to Japan, Hong Kong, Cuba, Colombia, Belize, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates. 

Two varieties are marketed in Mexico: Cantaloupe and Valenciano. The latter is larger than the Chinese melon and has a smooth, pale green rind, deep green flesh, and a sweet flavor. 

Mexico ranked as the world’s 12th largest producer, accounting for 1.9% of the international volume.