Melon, Sweet Freckles (Organic)
Cucumis melo. 80-90 days.
Unique and delightful, sweet aromatic flavor with a smooth, dense texture. Unusual and attractive appearance, which is pear-shaped and freckled. Vines are exceedingly vigorous and while the stem does not slip when ripe, the color changes from green to orange. Not the earliest melon but it manages to beat the occasionally cool Oregon summer. An early Crenshaw type with a more durable skin and slightly smaller size. Related to, but not the same as, Eel River or Crane melon. Bred by Tim Peters of Peters Seed and Research in Oregon, who told us that his wife only wants him to grow this melon because it tastes so much better than the rest. We nearly lost this one altogether as it was unavailable commercially for some time. But thanks to some very old seed from Tim and a few from Amy Goldman, this wonderful melon is saved!
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.
Sow indoors in 2-4” pots with good potting soil mid-May through mid-June. Transplant into the garden with 2’ centers one week after sprouting. May also be direct sown when soil is warm. Melons are frost-sensitive and benefit from row cover. Protect from birds while sprouting and from insects when plants are young.
To save seed, scoop out seeds when you eat the fruit. Rinse off and dry seeds. For seed purity, isolate from other C. melo by ½ mile.