Banana Melon (Cucumis melo 'Banana Melon') in the Cantaloupes Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Uses: Culinary Herb
Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Various insects

\"Muskmelon and Peaches\" Flavor

The January Not-A-Raffle-Raffle:  The Behemoth Collection of Vegetable and Annual SeedsThe January Not-A-Raffle-Raffle: The Behemoth Collection of Vegetable and Annual Seeds
January 14, 2013

For this month's raffle, in honor of Veggies and Annuals week, Chelle has shocked and thrilled us by putting forward the largest collection of seeds I've ever imagined.

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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5Date: Sep 28, 2011 1:19 PM\"Muskmelon and Peaches\" Flavor
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2011-05-10
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Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
By vic
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2013-07-22
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2013-07-31With immature fruit
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 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
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Comments:
Posted by chelle (N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b) on Sep 29, 2011 4:02 PM

Do not open your banana melon until it turns fully golden-yellow! I ruined the first fruit of my crop because I got impatient to try one and cut it too soon! It was the biggest one too: weighing in at a hefty 12 pounds.

A bit astringent if not fully ripe, wonderful when it is! A really mild blend of muskmelon and peach flavors.

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Posted by farmerdill (Augusta Georgia - Zone 8a) on Dec 16, 2017 4:03 PM

This antique has been around since the 19th century. Primarily used as a novelty. When fully ripe, it has a distinctive flavor. To my taste buds, it has a cucumber aftertaste. Melons reach 4-5 lbs.

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