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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
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Number of Reviews: 1
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Athens, OH, United States
September 2, 2016
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

What are the pros? healthy vines

What are the cons? inedible


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

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