What are the pros? productive, large melons
What are the cons? difficult harvest
We gave this melon some space on our farm this summer as an experiment. This melon was late to maturity, but very productive and beautiful. What we found impossible with this melon was determining when it was ripe. It has no fragrance, which is the usual giveaway. The blossom end does not soften, and color does not change enough to determine ripeness. If we got lucky, the melons tasted great. But we've never grown a melon before that was so difficult to determine when it should be picked. It became a roll of the dice when we picked, and found that many were under ripe, or over ripe. For a home gardener that is probably not a problem, but for a market gardener it makes for some really disappointing melons to sell. We had to credit back quite a few sales that weren't great when the chefs cut them open, and then the restaurants weren't interested in buying this variety from us again, for good reason.
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