New Award-Winning Christmas Melon

By Charlie Nardozzi

It's only December, but the new varieties for 2009 are already rolling in. Mailboxes and e-mail inboxes are being inundated with seed catalogs filled with new varieties. One that caught my eye is a new, early-maturing, flavorful Christmas melon.

'Lambkin' is a 2009 All-American Selections winner. It features 2- to 4-pound fruits with aromatic, sweet-tasting white flesh. It's an early melon, maturing 65 to 75 days after seeding, which makes it a good choice in regions with short summers. A Christmas- or Piel de Sapo-type melon, 'Lambkin' has attractive mottled green skin and stores longer after harvest than cantaloupes and other melons.

For more information on this award winning melon variety, go to: All-American Selections.

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