just can't get a good melon around here anymore, so in 2015 we
started growing them. Adams County seems to have a great climate
for melons. Who knew?
chose unusual, heirloom varieties and were very pleased with the
results. I chose a muskmelon variety, a hybrid personal size cantaloupe,
two charentais types and a specialty type melon. All did very
well, most were sweet. The heirloom varieties we tried were sweeter
and we intend to concentrate on these.
to market with our unusual melons was fun, and educational for
our frequent buyers. Many had never seen what we were offering
and were thrilled to give them a try.
it cantaloupe or muskmelon?
is technically a difference, but often the names are used interchangeably.
The term cantaloupe refers to two varieties of muskmelon. What
we typically call a cantaloupe is the North American cantaloupe
it has a net-like appearance on the skin. The other variety, European
cantaloupe, has ribbed light green skin and looks nothing like
what we commonly call cantaloupe.
both of these cantaloupe varieties are muskmelons, not all muskmelons
are cantaloupes. The name muskmelon comes from the sweet fragrance
of the ripe fruit. The term musk comes from a Persian word for
perfume, and melon is a French word. Muskmelons, including cantaloupe
are native to Persia, which is present-day Iran.
the turn of the 20th century the French began experimenting with
muskmelons and started producing the French charentais varieties
we know today. Going forward we plan to continue to improve our
melon offerings choosing American and European heirloom varieties
which were popular at the turn of the 20th century.