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Heirloom Watermelon

(Citrullus lanatus)

All of our seed is open pollinated, non-hybrid, non-GMO, untreated, natural heirloom seed.

heirloom watermelon

Arikara

The Arikara Indians once grew these drought resistant watermelons. The small melons have pinkish flesh and produce many seeds. Early maturing variety that is easy to grow. EXTREMELY RARE. (80 days) (10 seeds/pkt)

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Red Seeded Citron (Citrullus lanatus var. citroides)

(a.k.a. Colorado Preserving Melon) The red seeded citron is a very old melon that appeared in manuscripts as far back as the 1580’s. Citron preserves were once very popular. The white flesh was not eaten raw but used to make sweetmeats which were candied melon rind used in fruitcakes and other deserts. The 1937 McFayden catalog had this to say about the Red Seeded Citron, "Is not eaten raw but is used to make a very clear, transparent preserve of peculiarly fine flavor. It is one fruit that every practical housewife grows in order to obtain an economical supply of preserves for use during the winter." (80 days)

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Cream of Saskatchewan

An heirloom brought by Russian immigrants to Saskatchewan many years ago. This is one of my favorite watermelons. The productive, drought tolerant vines produce melons with very thin rinds so they do not store for very long. The fruit can grow to 20 lbs., but are usually in the 10-12 lb. range. The pale yellow flesh is absolutely delicious and possibly the sweetest that I have ever tasted. Highly recommended! (80-85 days)

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Golden Midget (1959)

Developed by Elwyn Meader and Albert Yeager at the University of New Hampshire in 1959. An extraordinary variety that has pink flesh and a built in ripeness indicator; the rind turns yellow at maturity. The small fruit average 3 lbs and are quit early.(75-80 days maturity) 10 seeds/pkt

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Moon and Stars (pre-1926)

A popular heirloom watermelon that has oval fruit with dark green rind and small yellow spots (stars) all over. There are also some larger spots (moon) and the leaves also have yellow spots. The pink flesh is very sweet and the fruit averages 12 lbs. Supposedly Peter Henderson " Co. of New York introduced the watermelon in 1926, but it was grown for quite a few years prior to this introduction. (95 days)

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Scaly Bark (1881)

Introduced in 1881 by Peter Henderson & Company, this heirloom watermelon has become very rare today. Scaly Bark gets its name from the mottled color of the rind. This variety keeps longer than most watermelon after harvest. In my 1892 James J. H. Gregory and Son’s Catalog, Gregory states, "Skin rough looking, remains in eating order long while after gathering." The sweet flesh is red with black seeds and Scaly Bark did very well for me in Manitoba. One of the most exciting varieties in my collection! (90 days)

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Small Shining Light

An old Russian heirloom that is one of the earliest maturing watermelons available. The fruit are quite small averaging 6" in size but can grow up to 12" under ideal conditions. The outer skin is dark green with faint green markings with red flesh. Keeps well after picking for several weeks or longer. (85 days)

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Sweet Siberian

Another very old watermelon that originates from Russia. The medium sized dark green fruit average 9-10 lbs and are oblong in shape. The flesh is a beautiful yellow color and is extremely sweet and juicy. The 1937 McFayden Seed catalog wrote "Largest of the Early Strains. A very early yellowfleshed variety extensively grown by Russians. It is supposed to have come from Siberia. The melons are oblong, dark green, borne abundantly on vigorous vines. The flesh is a golden yellow, sweet and delicious. Ripens slightly later than Northern Sweet. Grown extensively by Hutterite Colonies, who find ready sale for them in many districts of Manitoba." (80 days)

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Will's Sugar (1888)

Introduced by the Oscar Will Seed Company of North Dakota in 1888. The round fruit average 8-10" and the pink flesh is juicy and sweet. Very hardy. (80 days) EXTREMELY RARE

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