- The honeydew is
a type of edible melon (Family Cucurbitaceae) — a cultivar,
of the species Cucumis melo L. subspecies melo L., which includes
as other cultivars, the cantaloupe, casaba, musk mellon,
and several ornamental gourds.
- Honeydew is a sugar-rich
secretion of certain plant-sucking insects such as aphids
and scale insects. Ants and
wasps may eat honeydew, while honeybees gather it and process
it into a dark, strong honey that is highly prized in
parts of Europe and Asia for its reputed medicinal value. Many trees host aphids
that are a honeydew source.