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Colorado Preserving or Red Seeded Citron Watermelon (25-35 seeds) (WM142) $2.50

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Colorado Preserving or Red Seeded Citron Watermelon

         
 
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90 days. This variety of melon was used in the 19th century for making preserves, candied citron, pies and more. The firm white flesh is not good for fresh eating but has many holiday uses in the kitchen. These are rock hard and keep for months. Citron type melons are the ancestors to domestic watermelons and still grow wild in Africa. These are very easy to grow as they resist almost everything. Huge vines; 10-lb. fruit have bright red seeds.
 
Colorado Preserving or Red Seeded Citron Watermelon
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 3
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5

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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Shule
Location:
New Plymouth, ID, United States
Date:
May 10, 2016
          5.0
 
Adding to my other review
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Ornamental seeds; fun; keeps

What are the cons? Seeds are tedious to remove

Review:

I wanted to mention that these keep in storage for a long time. It's May 10th, and most of my 14 Citron watermelons that I harvested are still good. They did turn yellow, however. I lost one small one to anthracnose fruit rot in storage. Also, a while back (soon after harvest), I cut into one of them, and determined to eat it. I found that the seeds were really very nice-looking. They looked like they were coated in rich, red fingernail polish. The flesh was whitish, yellowish, and very firm, but still possible to eat. It had a unique taste and texture, quite unlike watermelon rind (I had supposed the whole melon would be like the rind, but this is untrue, notwithstanding it's firm). Fresh, it's very difficult to describe. Baked, however, it tastes like squash with the texture of baked apples. The seeds feel too fibrous to eat while raw, but they're much better when cooked. The bright red on the seeds can fade away during cooking, washing, and I imagine, during fermenting.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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6 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Shule
Location:
New Plymouth, ID, United States
Date:
November 4, 2015
          5.0
 
Nice deserttolerant plant
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? prolific, problem-free, nice

What are the cons? takes a while to ripen

Review:

I ordered these seeds from Baker Creek, packed for 2015. I planted one seed indoors, rather early. However, after hardening it off under our apricot tree, it got damaged, somehow, and lost most of its growth and all of its leaves. I brought it back in the house and put it next to some bright fluorescent lights. It grew a new shoot, and I planted it outdoors, probably in June. It grew a long, thin fine, with small leaves, at first, but eventually, its size overcame the whole melon patch (I planted it in a patch along with four muskmelon plants). However, it didn't smother the other plants. They all grew fine together. The other watermelons I planted didn't do so well. They all got spider mites and/or something like anthracnose, and produced one, small, early watermelon before being completely overcome. The Citron, however, was fine, and produced 15 healthy fruits (one earlier than the rest). I harvested the final 14 on 3 Nov 2015: their tendrils had not finished shriveling, though.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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12 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Tracey
Location:
Gainesboro, TN
Date:
November 11, 2014
          5.0
 
Success
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? prolific

What are the cons? none,so far

Review:

This is the first melon that I have successfully grown in my garden. I only grew two plants, and they consumed my 25' x 25' garden. I did lots of reading on this melon. It is beautiful cut open, lime sherbet colored flesh with pretty red seeds. The melon flavor is neutral. Not sweet, not bitter, not really any taste at all. You add the flavor. It keeps it's promise of waiting for me to get around to preserving it. I picked these melons in August and today I cut them open to candy. The fruit inside is fresh and ready to preserve.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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