What are the pros? easy to grow, abundant
What are the cons? no taste
Well, I finally got to taste them. It's very easy to tell when they're ready to pick, if you so much as tap one that's ready it just slips right off the vine.
Sadly, these were mealy and had almost no flavor at all. Very vaguely melon-y with a slight tartness. I could see using them to bulk up some baked goods. You could sneak them into pie or applesauce or compote or jam as the bland taste wouldn't stand out at all.
Personally I just pulled the vines and gave them all to my son's school chickens.
I tasted several, of different sizes, over a few weeks to see if it was an anomoly. I suppose there's a chance it could be my soil, something lacking. I did some organic amendment when I planted them and fed them comfrey leaf compost tea a few times.
It's a darn shame too, because I got pounds and pounds of these tennis ball to softball sized melons.
Hopefully the Taki Gem watermelon turns out better.
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