Melons rank among the most popular fruits in the world, generating over $27 billion in market revenue in 2018. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Asia nearly owns a 69% share of global melon production. China holds a sizable lead over all other nations, cultivating nearly 14 million tons of melons in 2020 alone. China actually consumes even more melons than it produces, with its residents putting away approximately 17 million tons, which account for 53% of the global supply.
The Asian continent is also home to some of the world's most expensive melons. A Yubari King melon from Japan's Shizuoka prefecture can easily fetch a few hundred dollars on the market. There's no need for you to burn a hole in your pockets though. To find the perfect melon at your local market, just remember to pay attention to the smell and check the stem for quality.