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Makataan Watemelon
 
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Makataan Watermelon (10 seeds) (WW134) $4.00

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Makataan Watermelon

         
 
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Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! This rare and unusual preserving melon hails from South Africa where it has been grown in tribal areas for many centuries. The name makataan derives from the native Tswana language and is used locally in the same manner as squash. The leaves and young fruit are cooked like green vegetables while the ripe flesh is often mixed with cornmeal and transformed into porridge or pudding. The edible red seeds are extremely rich in anti-oxidants and Vitamin C and can be ground to make gluten-free flour. Afrikaners use the melon for jams, pickles, and preserves. The 15 to 20 foot vines require a great deal of space hence this is best for small field culture, especially since individual melons can weigh as much as 50 pounds!
 
Makataan Watermelon
Overall Rating:
         
3.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 2
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Eric
Location:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Date:
January 19, 2017
          5.0
 
Excellent graft root stock
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Excellent in jams and cooked

What are the cons? None

Review:

I just added this one to my cart with glee. Wild African watermelons are used in France as a root stock to boost the health, growth and production of regular watermelons. That is what I intend to do with it. The bonus with citron watermelons is they don't cross pollinate easily, very handy traits for amateur seed-savers. I grew up eating citron jam my mother used to make in South of France. She used all parts of the fruit, including the thinly sliced rind, marmalade-style. It was delicious and a single plant yield was enough to stock up for our family of 8, with spare jars to give to friends. These are definetly NOT meant to be eaten raw. But cooked either in jam form or as explained in the description above is excellent, especially for young palates and picky children since the taste is mild.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

5 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
theblight
Location:
Athens, OH, United States
Date:
September 2, 2016
          1.0
 
caution
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? healthy vines

What are the cons? inedible

Review:

Just wanted to caution that this is truly inedible as a fruit. I realize the description says as much, but to emphasize, this is not a sweet, edible watermelon, it inedible unless you cook it or pickle it. Hard like an apple. Also, the standard clues to ripeness do not seem to apply to this melon. we picked when tendril was withered and a white area on the bootom had developed... seeds still white. not that it mattered.. i couldn't have eaten it anyway.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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