All-American Heirloom Melon Collection
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If you have space for melons, here are some fabulous old varieties you will enjoy, while promoting genetic diversity!
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This year we caught the bug for some of the new, glamorous Asian melons like Tigger and Swan Lake(see separate product listings). But we really want to promote the native varieties, many of which have become rare and even endangered.
Here are some of the best cantaloupe/honeydew melons we have grown, selected in part for their rarity, but also because they have grown quite well for us in the Midwest.
Ananas: rare, white-fleshed muskmelon. 5-lb fruits; an outstanding 19th c. heirloom.
Early Hanover: delicious green-fleshed honeydew melons, exceptionally sweet. Old heirloom introduced in Virginia in 1895.
Iroquois: Large deep-orange-fleshed melon, superlative flavor! This 5-7-lb melon grows well in the Midwest and NE.
Jenny Lind: a petite green-fleshed muskmelon that was very popular from the 1840s, named for the famous Swedish singer. Luscious 1-2 lb turban-shaped fruits are very sweet .
Missouri Gold: very rare, old heirloom, dating from the mid-19th century. Produces lots of 2-3 lb. fruits w/ sweet orange flesh.
Old-Time Tennessee: another very old heirloom, almost lost in modern times. Orange-fleshed, oblong fruits are 12-14 lbs., among the sweetest of all melons.
Pride of Wisconsin: very rare, true muskmelon taste
You may purchase any of the individual varieties, or the Rare Melon Mix, an assortment of 25 seeds which will include at least four of these great melons!
Minimum 12-15 seeds.
Our garden seeds, yarns, and nuts make perfect gifts in synergy with our shared goals of environmental protection, sustainability, and food security.
Consider our wide range of heirloom vegetable, herb, and flower seeds as holiday gifts this year ~ grow your own and promote genetic diversity!