What are the pros? Delicious!
What are the cons? Huge
We grew these huge watermelon-size melons here in the Sacramento Valley. It tolerated the extra-hot summer (110 degrees afternoons) and in fact seemed to enjoy the heat. We got a very heavy crop. Our family could eat a half a melon for an afternoon snack. The negative was its huge size, because typical roadside stand buyers wanted only enough for one or two people, not much more! So we started selling them by the halves or quarters. One lady bought a whole one to take to a party, and later someone who had been at the party stopped in with us to buy one because he had to have more of it! Make sure you pick it before it is overripe, because the texture is best when on the crisp side, not mushy. They are ripe when the skin begins to yellow and soften just a bit, but should still have some dark green in the "ditches" when you pick it. Also if the stem is starting to soften, high time to pick it. They go bad pretty quickly in the heat.
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