New Early, Sweet Melon

By Charlie Nardozzi

Melons are a favored summer vegetable. While most gardeners are familiar with the traditional cantaloupes, there are now other exotic melons making it into farmer's markets, grocery stores, and gardens. One of the most flavorful is the Christmas or Piel de Sapo melon and a new, early-maturing, All-America Selections winning variety is 'Lambkin'. This variety features 2- to 4-pound oval fruits with attractive light yellow skin with green mottling and a thin rind. The white flesh is sweet, aromatic, and juicy. The vigorous hybrid vines grow 6 feet long, but the fruits mature early for an exotic melon (65 to 75 days), making it possible to grow this variety even in short summer areas. Another plus is this melon stores longer than cantaloupes.

For more information on 'Lambkin', go to: All-American Selections.

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