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  1. Melon, 'Giallo d'Inverno'

    Melon, 'Giallo d'Inverno'

    Not to be confused with the winter melon of China (actually a wax gourd), this winter melon hails from Italy and belongs to the family of C. melo that includes cassaba and honeydew. Winter melons are so named as they are generally eaten in the cool months, often stored for months and marketed with elaborate netting around the holidays. While we haven’t found Giallo d’Inverno (Italian for “yellow of winter”) to store much longer than a month or so in our admittedly poor storage conditions, we’ve fallen in love with it nonetheless. Yellow, football shaped fruit has a slightly wavy skin and sweet flesh the color and texture of a ripe pear. Flavor is more honeydew than cantaloupe but is really more of its own thing. Very productive, uniform and enjoyable for us for the past couple of years at the farm. 90-95 days. UO

    Packet: 25 seeds

    Starting at: $3.50

  2. sakata

    Melon, 'Sakata Sweet'

    Crystine’s favorite little melon, we have been growing this one for almost 15 years now. Sakata’s are about the size of a large grapefruit, with delicious almost honeydew-esque light green flesh and a very thin pale rind. Like many Asian melons they are often picked while there is still a light crispness to the flesh and the skin has just begun to turn a light yellowish green. Vines are compact to medium spreading, productive and very well suited to cooler northern growing. They store well in the fridge and are a rare sweet treat from our northern gardens. Prepare yourself for their fresh sweetness! Sakatas are the perfect size for one wonderful juicy treat.
    85-90 days. MO

    Packet: 25 seeds

    Starting at: $3.50

  3. Melon, Eel River (Crane)

    Melon, Eel River (Crane)

    *Ark of Taste Heirloom*
    This variety was brought to our attention by Tom and Maud Powell of Wolf Gulch Farm as their favorite melon. Eel River dates back to the 1900’s and from there it has a rather muddled history….was it brought back from Japan after WWII in a pocket or introduced by Old Man Crane? Fun to speculate but what we do know is that they are similar to Crenshaw type melons, 3-5 lbs, slightly teardrop shaped, and yellow/buff colored with green speckles. Incredibly aromatic orange flesh is very creamy and deliciously sweet. Best suited to warmer microclimates of the PNW but note that our seed was grown here in NW WA, outside.
    80-90 days. WG, UO

    Packet: 25 seeds

    Starting at: $3.50

  4. pfb

    Melon, Prescott Fond Blanc

    *Heirloom*
    Despite the American tendency to use the terms “muskmelon” and “cantaloupe” interchangeably, this is a true cantaloupe, something actually quite uncommon in this country. Native to France where it is prized, this melon was grown in the US as early as 1850. We find most people mistake it for a winter squash at market for its unusual lumpy skin and squat shape. The drought tolerant plants prefer a dry season to reach their best quality. True cantaloupes do not slip when ripe. We pick ours when the skin starts to turn from slate grey to blush tan and becomes fragrant. Food historian William Woys Weaver recommends picking them slightly earlier and ripening them on a window sill for the sweetest fruit. Ethereal, intoxicating fragrance and very thick flesh.
    85 days.  MO, WF

    Packet: 25 seeds

    Starting at: $3.50

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