What Watermelon Varieties Are You Harvesting This Summer?

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Which watermelon varieties are you harvesting this summer?
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Which watermelon varieties are you harvesting this summer?

Photo by Jaypeg21 under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.o.


We know that people have been growing watermelon for consumption for at least 4,000 years. Their roots are in the Kalahari desert in South Africa, but they were actually cultivated in Egypt. We also know that once people bit into the juicy flesh they became smitten and never looked back. Mark Twain once said, "When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat." You'll get no argument here.

Heirloom watermelons provide us with colors in various shades of red, white, yellow, and pink. The rinds can be solid-color, have zig-zag stripes, or have an entire galaxy recorded on them (Moon & Stars). Their flavors range from mild to sublime.

How do you know when it's ready for the table? There are a few signs to look for. Thump it with your middle finger; if it sounds hollow this is promising. Do you see a little tendril on the same vine by the stem of the watermelon? If it's shriveled and brown, that's another good sign. Now, look at the outside of the melon (the rind): is it dull or shiny? Dull is what you're looking for in a ripe watermelon.

I only have one melon in my garden this year; Golden Midget. It's an heirloom variety that grows to "personal size" like one of those little pizzas. While the rind is yellow, the flesh is pink and sweet.

What watermelon varieties are you harvesting this summer?

P.S. I had also started the heirloom 'Moon & Stars', however the chiweenies trampled it to death.


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Comments (2)

lucaskimber writes: Great post
Posted: 1:29 am on November 2nd
yankeetransplant writes: I am growing two different varieties of watermelon. Sugar Baby and New Queen Hybrid. Both are personal size, but New Queen is orange inside. Taste is similar to Sugar Baby.
Posted: 3:10 pm on August 17th
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