What are the pros? FLAVOR, AROMA
What are the cons? Slow to ripen
I just tasted my first Charentais today. And WOW! Best tasting melon on earth. The flesh is thick with a deep, almost florescent orange color. Very juicy and tender with small seed cavity. The fruity, perfume-like aroma is intoxicating. I tried to grow these a couple of times in past gardens; seeds planted in mounds of soil. Both times the plants succumbed to disease and died before producing fruit. This year, I grew them in hay bales and trellised the vines. I had no disease problems whatsoever and have quite a few melons that are just now ripening from 5 vines. If all the unripe melons ripen, we will have more than we can eat. It's easy to tell when they are ripe. The melons become a very pale green, almost white (the ditches stay green) and they will be heavily perfumed. They turn quickly so check daily. No matter what they look like, if they aren't heavily scented they are not ripe. I will ALWAYS have Charentais in my garden.
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