Honeydew, Casaba, Canary, and other Melons



This group contains the specialty melons that for some are a challenge to grow as most of these like a long, dry season with lots of hot weather to obtain the best tasting fruit.  When the conditions are right, these melons will make you a melon addict for sure.


Amarillo Oro- 100 days- Winter type canary melon, golden, oblong fruit, sweet, creamy white flesh, 4 to 6.5 pounds.  Dates to pre-1870.  These are always a taste treat at the near end of the season, while not strong melon flavored they are a crisp and tasty treat to satisfy my melon addiction just prior to the end of the growing season. Pkt. $2.00;  1 oz. $ 7.00


Ananas- 85 days- Oblong, 5 pound fruits, greenish rind maturing yellow-orange, no ribbing, faint net.  Flesh is creamy yellow, soft, juicy and sweet.  Pre-1900 variety.  Pkt. $2.00;  1 oz. $7.00


Ashkahabad - 80 days - Golden rind, green fleshed honeydew, 4 to 6 pounds.  Holds well after picking.   In 2017 they were superb tasting.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed


Bursa Turque- 98 days- Santa Claus type melon, deep yellow with dark, pine green spots, very wrinkled, pale green, mild flavored flesh, 8 to 10 pounds.  Does best when ripened in dry, hot weather.  Pkt. $2.00


Cochiti Indian Mix - 80 days - A true mix of flesh colors and skin types.  Fruits average 4 to 8 pounds and are best-flavored in dry weather.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed


Honeymist- 80 days-  an early green-fleshed honeydew that was one of Tom Knoche’s favorites. Once thought lost Tom found seed increased it then with Tom’s passing we thought it lost again. This past winter  our friend Tom Bruning  from western Iowa was over and we found some seed in the  freezer and he was successful raising a nice crop for us. This was in the old Farmers Seed  and Nursery catalogs in the 1970’s.  Pkt. $2.50 

Kazakh - 75 days - Sometime in the late 1960’s I first spotted this variety in Gurney’s catalog.  I was living in the melon-free area of Idaho where it was too cold, but I tried anyhow and came close to a ripe fruit more than once.  While living near Lewiston, Idaho during college I got some nice fruit.  I came to Iowa and struggled as it was not liking the insects and diseases.  My seed supply kept dwindling until nearly lost.  I sent some to my friend, Tom Knoche, in Ohio.  He had a good crop and returned some seed back.  Again, I tried pampering it and giving it great soil and fertilizer and still would lose the plants.  With inheriting Tom’s collection, I found more seed and decided to give it one more try and planted it on our most rugged isolation garden - one that is no soil (by most standards) but 100% sand.  There was no water or way to do so and low fertility.  It got ignored.  We had subnormal rainfall, but we were blessed with the best tasting honeydew type fruit ever.  I was afraid I was being a bit biased since I had struggled for close to 30 years that I took some to work and my co-workers raved about the crisp, refreshing, taste and texture.  I guess it was getting too good of care and is one of those that thrives in the less than ideal.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed SOLD OUT AS OF MAY 25


Orange Blush - 85 days - Honeydew type.  Gets a faint orange tint to the white skin when it is ripe, outstanding  flavor, 3 to 5 pounds.  UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020


Piel de Sapo- 100 days-  Originally from Spain.  Oval, mottled green with yellow skinned fruit, average 5 to 7 pounds, flesh is sweet, pale green to white with a very hard rind.  It’s always fun to uncover one of these hidden treasures in the weeds way after the melon season has passed.  When properly cared for and brought in prior to frost, they will keep in excellent condition in the basement for several months.  Pkt. $2.25

Romanian Green- 85 days-  tasty rare melon  Pkt. $2.00


Sungold Casaba- 100 days- A nice true Casaba type of pale white greenish flesh with a thin ribby yellow skin. Mild flavored.  Pkt. $2.00


Tendral Verde Tardif- 90 days- Dark green, wrinkled rind, pale creamy flesh that is very sweet, good keeping quality, 3 to 5 pounds.  Pkt. $2.00

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