Sun-sweetened melons

Plant heirloom varieties now for a juicy harvest this summer

Melons on a vine
Photo: Rob D. Brodman

Sweet, succulent melons are an irresistible summer treat. Plucked fresh from the vine at the peak of ripeness, melons have a flavor that is tough to beat; even a single slice is the perfect dessert at a picnic or backyard barbecue. But which varieties taste best?

Last year in Sunset's test garden, we planted nearly a dozen varieties, known for their outstanding flavor and aroma. At harvesttime, five varieties stood out from the others, bearing more fruit (at least two per running stem) with better flavor. Plant one or more this month for harvest this summer.



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