'Ashkahabad' - NEW - 80 days. Honeydew type that holds well after picking. Smooth skin is golden, the crisp flesh is green and has a rich, sweet flavor. A heavy producer of 8-10 lb fruits. Named for a city in Turkmenistan, in Central Asia, which is noted for its incredible diversity of indigenous melon types.
'Banana' -- 90 days. Banana-shaped fruit; smooth, yellow skin; and sweet, spicy, salmon-colored flesh. 16"-24" long, 5-8 lbs. It was listed in 1885 by J. H. Gregory's Catalogue, which said, "When ripe it reminds one of a large, overgrown banana... It smells like one, having a remarkably powerful and delicious fragrance." This is one of my all-time favorites, being very sweet and great for specialty markets. According to The Vegetables of New York (1937), this variety has been listed as a novelty almost as long as American seed catalogs have been popular. Long banana-shaped fruits are tapered at both ends and grow up to 24" long. Smooth yellow skin occasionally develops sparse netting. Salmon pink flesh with a sweet spicy flavor and pineapple aroma. 80-100 days.
'Burrell's Jumbo' - Very delicious old variety from the D.V. Burrell Seed Co.. An improved selection of Hale's Best, these melons have salmon orange flesh that is very sweet; perfect for home or market. 2011 seed from Seed Saver's Exchange. 5+ seeds for fifty cents.
'Coban Orange Flesh' -- NEW for 2012! From the beautiful Guatemalan mountain town of Coban in December 2005. It has medium-sized fruits with sweet, fragrant flesh that is juicy and flavorful. Muskmelon type. 2012 seed from Baker Creek. 5+ seeds for $1
'Golden Midget' -- Watermelon - 70 days. A beautiful, miniature watermelon that weighs around 3 lbs. It's easy to tell when they are ripe, as the rind turns a lovely golden yellow when ready for harvest, a very beautiful contrast with the salmon-pink colored flesh. The taste is sweet and refreshing. Very early, matures in just 70 days. Developed by the late Dr. Elwyn Meader, UNH in 1959. Unique. 5+ seeds for $1. 2012 seed from Baker Creek.
'Indian Cream Cobra' - NEW - Here's a really unusual variety from Australia, with a distinctive flavor and aroma. The elongated fruits are smooth-skinned; the skin splits and peels back when the fruits are fully ripe. Some say this resembles a Cobra's hood! The flesh is pinkish and unusually dry, and is often used to flavor homemade ice cream Down Under. 2012 seed from Baker Creek. 5+ seeds for $1.
'Jubilee' - One of the most popular watermelon varieties grown in the United States. Introduced in '63 by the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station. This variety was originally created by crossing together the varieties Africa 8, Iowa Belle, Garrison (Georgia Rattlesnake), Hawkesbury and Leesburg. Jubilees are extremely similar to Garrison or Georgia Rattlesnake Watermelons which is a variety developed in Georgia during the 1880's. This variety has also stablized and will breed true to form. Just like Georgia Rattlesnake or Garrison, Jubilee produces a large light green watermelon with very distinct dark green stripes somewhat reminescent of a rattlesnake's markings. The watermelons have a very tough rind that is nearly an inch thick. It is an excellent commercial watermelon as it holds up amazingly well during shipping The flesh is a lovely bright red in color, has a very fine texture and a very palatable sweet flavor that is superior to most other varieties of watermelons. 2012 seed from Baker Creek. 5+ seeds for fifty cents.
'Kazakh' - Hard-to-find mini-melon that has a high sugar content and is finely flavored. The one- to two-pound green fruits turn golden when ripe. This variety is early, resistant to drought, and a good climber, making it a great choice for many. An ancient type of melon from central Asia, collected in Kazakhstan, and once offered by by the Gurney Seed Company, of Yankton, South Dakota. 2012 seed from Baker Creek. 5+ seeds for $1. (couldn't find a photo)
'Moon and Stars -- Long Milky Way' -- Watermelon - 95 days. Brilliant red, sweet and crisp, this elongated variety of the famous "Moon and Stars" is among the best of its type. The 30-lb. fruit are more narrow in shape, and the rind is dark green with golden-yellow moons and small, yellow stars. This fun variety was developed by our friend, Glenn Drowns, of the Sand Hill Preservation Center. 2012 Seed from Baker Creek. 5+ seeds for $1.
'Old Time Tennessee' -- Muskmelon - 100 days. A very old variety. It has been dropped from commercial catalogs, is rare and seems to be near extinction. The fruits weigh an average of 12lbs, are 12 to 16 inches in length, and are elliptical or football-shaped. Must be picked at the peak of ripeness, when the fruit has turned a golden-yellow and they easily slip from vine. They should be dead ripe for the best taste. They do not keep very long. Sweet aroma that will carry over a long distance. Too delicate to withstand commercial shipping/harvest, you'll never see this melon in a supermarket. That's why it's nearly extinct. This is a garden-to-table melon. Orange flesh is superior, being loaded with unique fruity undertones and a sweetness not often found in modern melons: High sugar content. Fragile melons are not good keepers but are winners with gourmet foodies. This old Tennessee heirloom was almost lost to modern gardens. 2011 seed from Baker Creek. 5+ seeds for fifty cents.
'Orangelo' -- Watermelon -- Does particularly well in the Santa Clara Valley (per SCC Master Gardener website) 85 days. Beautiful, deep orange flesh; very sweet, excellent, almost tropical flavor! Favorite of many. High yields. Very resistant to wilt and insects; strong healthy vines. These will sell at roadside stands & markets. 2011 Seed from Baker Creek. 5+ seeds for fifty cents.
'Plum Granny' aka 'Queen Anne's Pocket' - 75 days. Beautiful ornamental fruit are yellow with deep orange stripes and only 2-3 inches long! They are grown for their wonderful fragrance! These melons were very popular in Victorian gardens and have been our most requested melon. Bland flavor. Makes a beautiful & fragrant arrangement. Good melon to grow on a trellis. 2012 seed from Baker Creek. 5+ seeds for $1.
'Rich Sweetness 132' -- "Incredible little melons from the former Soviet Union. The fruit are a beautiful red, striped with golden yellow and weigh only about ¼ lb! The flesh is pure white and quite sweet. These have a very refreshing taste and are very fragrant. They are perfect for single servings. These little melons are so much fun and great for children's gardens. The vines are very productive all season long. One of the best new varieties we've discovered in the last few years. Try a few of these delicious little melons in your home or market garden." Mine were tiny, 2" melons, too small to eat, but fun to grow. 2011 seeds from Baker Creek. 5+ seeds for fifty cents.
'Royal Golden' -- Watermelon - 85 days. The perfect melon for those who want to be sure to know how to pick a ripe melon. Melons turn bright yellow to light orange (skin) when they are ripe. Flesh is red, tender and sweet. Fruits weigh 10 to 15 pounds. "The most beautiful watermelon we carry. The tasty pinkish-red flesh is sweet, crisp, & refreshing. Much larger than Golden Midget." 2012 seeds from Baker Creek. 5+ seeds for $1 (couldn't find a photo)
'Sakata's Sweet' -- VERY RARE JAPANESE HEIRLOOM -- These small 3-4" round melons are very sweet with a high sugar content. Asian varieties open a whole new dimension to melons as they are amazingly different. Crisp and crunchy. Edible skin. Small size & brilliant golden rind make them very attractive & easy to store in the fridge or a lunchbox. 2011 seed from Baker Creek. 5+ seeds for fifty cents.
'Takii Gem' -- VERY RARE JAPANESE HEIRLOOM - Extinct commercially until Baker Creek reintroduced it, this variety was given to the USDA in 1955 by Takii and Company of Kyoto, Japan. This small icebox melon has sweet red flesh and a grayish-green rind. It produces very early, great for areas with short growing seasons. 2012 seed from Baker Creek. 5+ seeds for $1
'Texas Golden' - New! A beautiful melon that is filled with delicious golden flesh, sweet and flavorful. The rind is thin and light green, similar to the "Charleston Grey" variety. Fruit is oblong in shape and weigh 15-25 lbs. 2012 seed from Baker Creek. 5+ seeds for $1.
'Tigger' - 90 days.The most amazing looking melon. The fruit are vibrant yellow with brilliant fire-red, zigzag stripes (a few fruit may be solid yellow), simply beautiful! They are also the most fragrant melons we have tried, with a rich, sweet, intoxicating aroma that will fill a room. The white flesh gets sweeter in dry climates, mild tasting. Small in size, the fruits weigh up to 1 lb. The vigorous plants yield heavily, even in dry conditions. This heirloom came from an Armenian market located in a mountain valley. 2011 seed from Baker Creek. 5+ seeds for fifty cents.