I was finally able to obtain some seeds for this melon thanks to the kindness of Tatiana, who I’m sure many of you know (I’m being discrete for a reason). I had heard a lot of good things about it, which growing it proved to be accurate.
I only had a few plants of it, but they produced several very uniform melons around 8-10 pounds, light green with some fine striping. The flesh is red, and the quality was probably the highest of any of the melons I grew this year. First, the texture was great. Nice and firm, solid flesh with none of the stringiness or soft spots around the seeds many melons have. Second, the taste was great, at least equal to my favorites. Finally, there were relatively few seeds in the melons. Here in the Willamette Valley the plants went in about the middle of May and the first melons were harvested the third week of August.
The only negative I could find was that it didn’t produce more than one melon per vine, but given the size of the melons and the small vines that’s understandable. If I could only grow three melons this would be one of them. The other two will be in upcoming posts.