What are the pros? Beautiful fruit, good taste
What are the cons? Attractive to critters!
This is a really lovely variety of melon. I planted 5 seeds in a mound at the start of summer, of which 4 sprouted - though one died soon after and another got uprooted. They took quite a while to grow, but the vines really spread out and looked fantastic while they did so. The melons took about a week and a half to ripen on the vine from the dark green they started out as to the beautiful scarlet-orange you can see in the pictures - but one of them got stolen by an animal overnight! The fruits have a noticeable scent somewhere between cantaloupe and pineapple. They key to bringing that scent into its taste is to make sure you don't harvest them too early: I picked another melon right as it was starting to pull itself off of the vine, and it had a delicious taste like a rich, sweet cantaloupe - and one melon yielded quite a number of seeds. Will definitely re-plant next year, though on a lattice: the vines have little grabbers, and it's obviously a climbing plant.
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