Yay! Summer is the perfect time for the quintessential melon eating experience- sitting on the back steps eating a chunk of melon, spitting out the seeds and getting very covered in the juice!
We love local here at Good Harvest, so really promote the local growing season from November/December through to about February. You'll see it available at other times of year although it's often coming from south and not as sweet or juicy, so we recommend eating it during peak season.
Theres a few varieties of watermelon including Charleston Gray, Crimson Sweet, Golden Honey & Midget, and SugarBaby.
So what about seedless melons? These are a hybrid variety, engineered to produce little to no seeds. We believe that the seeds are part of the experience and the flavour just isn't as nice without them.
Want to know the science behind the seedless?
Watermelon breeders discovered that crossing a diploid plant (bearing the standard two sets of chromosomes) with a tetraploid plant (having four sets of chromosomes) results in a fruit that produces a triploid seed. (Yes, it has three sets of chromosomes.) This triploid seed is the seed that produces seedless watermelons! (Source).
Want to impress the kids with some of your own backyard melon growing? It's actually pretty easy to grow!
Check out our cool time lapse of our melon patch at our farm to see how they literally take shape.
First you'll want to source good quality seeds well ahead of summer. We recommend Green Harvest for all your seed supplies because they're local and know their stuff!
Follow their advice on how best to prepare for the melons, remembering they need lots of space to spread out and get big! You'll also want a consistent water supply to help the fruit set.
Check out Mick's tips in the video above!
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It's no surprise that melons are about 90% water, so super hydrating - which makes them perfect for summer! They also have about one third your daily recommended intake of Vitamin A and C, and full of awesome antioxidants and amino acids.
We recommend storing whole melons out of the fridge, and only in the fridge when they are cut. Of course fresh is best so while melon may last up to a week in the fridge it won't be as good as if it is eaten sooner of course. You can also freeze it for slushies and sorbet, or juice it in the cold press juicer which we love!