This winter, when I received seed catalogs in the mail, I immediately turned to the Melon pages. After years of struggling to grow melons in conditions that simply were not suitable – partial sun, cool nights – I was determined to grow a few delicious heirloom melons in my tiny garden.
Baker Creed Heirloom Seeds, based in Missouri, has the most incredible selection of melons I have ever seen. It was incredibly difficult to select only a few, and I ended up with a dozen or so varieties. Sadly, some of my starts didn’t transplant well, but I was still left with an assortment of eight varieties, of which we are still harvesting several! Here are my favorite (and most delicious) heirloom melon varieties to grow:
Banana Melon – Looks like a banana, tastes (faintly) like a banana. A sweet, unique melon that I really enjoyed. Fun to share with friends because it’s such an interesting shape and color!
Prescott Fond Blanc – When this melon began taking shape in my garden, I thought I had misplanted a winter squash. Its bumpy, warty appearance and squat shape are very un-melon, but the flavor is rich and sweet. The photo above does not do this melon justice, as I picked it a bit too early.
Ananas – A white fleshed melon that is SO sweet and juicy. This melon was Brian’s favorite.
Piel de Sapo – (In Everett’s arms) We enjoyed this variety in Oregon, purchasing it from the local natural food store. It is a late ripening melon – today we harvested the first of the four fruits on our vine.
Charentais – A French melon. Small, extremely fragrant, and sweet. We cut one of these open this morning and ate it before breakfast, with no leftovers.