(Golden Ball) Very sweet, pale green flesh is just marvelous. Yellow and loosely netted, a very beautiful melon. This was one of our top melons in our 2003 trials, truly incredible! It was listed in Vilmorin's book The Vegetable Garden in 1885, but is very rare now.
These are the familiar American cantaloupes with orange flesh and a corky "net" on the skin. Sometimes called muskmelons because of their "musky", sweet taste. We offer varieties of both Eastern (deeply ribbed skin) and Western (smooth-skinned) melons. Johnny's varieties cannot be compared to the run-of-the-mill supermarket melons which tend to be very firm and have only mildly sweet flavor.
An ordinary Egyptian melon, the sweet, juicy and succulent flesh of which is much valued. It possesses the property of quenching thirst. Its seeds are used for making sedative and tranquillising drinks. Its flesh is used in the manufacture of excellent ices, bombes, etc. It is eaten like melon.
Rare, Charantais-type melon having orange flesh and attractive yellow tracery on the skin. The slightly elongated fruits are very sweet, reaching 2-3 pounds, and the vines are very productive. Apparently selected in 1973 and reputed to carry some fusarium wilt tolerance.
PETIT GRIS DE RENNES MELON
Dense 2 lb. fruit have orange flesh that is superbly sweet, flavorful and perfumed. This variety is early and well adapted to cool climates. The fruit weigh around 2 lbs. and have a grey-green rind. This fine French variety is of the best quality and is the favorite melon of the French melon expert and author Bruno Defay. Rare in the USA.
RICH SWEETNESS #132 MELON
Incredible little melons from the former Soviet Union. The fruit are a beautiful red, striped with golden yellow and weigh only about ¼ lb! The flesh is pure white and quite sweet. These have a very refreshing taste and are very fragrant. They are perfect for single servings
The most amazing looking melon we have grown. The fruit are vibrant yellow with brilliant fire-red, zigzag stripes (a few fruit may be solid yellow), simply beautiful! They are also the most fragrant melons we have tried, with a rich, sweet, intoxicating aroma that will fill a room. The white flesh gets sweeter in dry climates, mild tasting. Small in size, the fruits weigh up to 1 lb.
UZBEK SWEETNESS MELON
An early melon coming from Uzbekistan. The golden skin is nearly smooth, with only a hint of netting, no discernible ribbing; pure white, sugary-sweet flesh. Size runs from about 4 lb to an occasional 10 lb fruit.
ALI BABA WATERMELON
Aziz Nail, collected this fantastic variety in Iraq. It is now nearly impossible to get seeds from this ancient country whose people have lost much of their genetic heritage in the long, bloody war. Now our corporate agriculture has been "kindly" suggested to native farmers who are losing thousands of years of plant breeding work.
DESSERT KING WATERMELON
This watermelon produces 20-lb fruit that have a light pea-green rind that is resistant to sun burning. It is also one of the most drought-resistant varieties of watermelon known. It has sweet, yellow flesh and is very popular in the watermelon-growing areas of Arkansas.
GEORGIA RATTLESNAKE WATERMELON
A longtime Southern favorite, thought to have been developed in Georgia in the 1830's. Its stripes resemble those of a Rattlesnake, hence the name. Sweet, light crimson-colored flesh and large size. Used as a shipping melon; a great old variety.
GOLDEN MIDGET WATERMELON
A beautiful miniature watermelon that weighs around 3 lbs. It's easy to tell when they are ripe, as the rind turns a lovely golden yellow when ready for harvest, a very beautiful contrast with the salmon-pink colored flesh. The taste is sweet and refreshing. Very early, matures in just 70 days. Developed by the late Dr. Elwyn Meader, UNH in 1959. Unique.