Makataan Watermelon

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!


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