Right now, name as many varieties of melons as you can. I know if I asked Joe and Jane on the street, I would most likely only hear watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe. Maybe if I find the right person I might hear a Honeyrock or a Canary melon, most likely when most people think of melons, those 3 are all they know. That makes me sad. When it comes to melons there are so many varieties out there it would blow your mind! All different shapes, colors, sizes, and flavors. I do see stores carrying a couple other varieties during the peak of summer but it doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. If you really want to experience all that is out there, grab a pack of seeds if you are not overwhelmed too much by your choices to make a choice!
Why So Many Melon Varieties
It’s simple, melons easily cross breed. The next great melon could pop up in your own backyard. If put two different types of melons in your garden, they will most likely cross and pollinate each other. This doesn’t effect the plant now, but in the next generation if you save the seeds and plant again you might find something different than what you started with. This is why there are so many melons out there but also why saving seed can be a tricky endeavor. Hand pollination is recommended to avoid any cross pollination. Check the YouTube video below to learn more about hand pollination melons –
The Nara Melon
I wanted to share something really cool the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is doing with a certain melon. Their Botanical Explorer, Joesph Simcox collected the seeds of the Nara Melon from Namibia. This amazing melon grows fruit on leafless vines! How weird does that sound? They reached out to followers of their facebook page to look for 4 people that live near the California coastline to grow some for them. They way more than 4 people interested. Hopefully these volunteers will be successful and more seed will be available the following year.
Melons You Can Grow
For those use that live outside of the California coast, here are some other amazing melon varieties available from Baker Creek.
An heirloom melon from France that looks like a small cantaloupe. The smell of this melon is worth growing it. I have walked by a display of these melons at a store and I could smell that without even picking one up. They go for a high price in the store and have a short shelf life, so growing them yourself is highly recommended.
Golden Honeymoon Melon
Looks like a honeydew melon on the inside but the outside has a bright yellow skin. It won’t get sunburned like light colored honeydew melons.
This melon is more in the shape of a banana than a melon. Known for being super sweet. Wow your friends and family by growing this unique melon.