I received several different melon seeds and transplants from the Seedling Exchange at my house in early Spring. I planted most of them, unlabeled, as is my lazy gardening nature. From one of the plants, a melon emerged a few weeks ago. I watched it grow, at first thinking it might be a watermelon. But as it matured, it changed in appearance, into something I did not recognize. It was large and green, and by the time I picked it, had developed a rough skin, although it never developed striped like the Israeli Melon or Chantarais Melon, I though it might be. Once it appeared ripe, harvested it.
It looked like a cantaloupe, but I do not like cantaloupe, and would not have planted it knowingly. Once I sliced it open, I knew it was something else.
The flavor of the mystery melon was very light, not very sweet, and mostly uninteresting, to me at least. As it was dominating the space also occupied by my rainbow icebox watermelon plant, I pulled it up, so that my watermelons can thrive without competition for nutrients.
It was a fun experiment, but as it gets hot and the garden needs more and more water, I think I’ll just water the foods I know I will enjoy.