Blacktail Mountain Watermelon
A consistent high quality producer of dark green fruits with sweet, candy red flesh. Not only will Blacktail Mountain Watermelon ripen in some of the coolest areas, it is hands down one of the best tasting melons that you can grow.
Blacktail Watermelon History
Blacktail Mountain Watermelon is a favorite of many gardeners across the USA. Glenn Drowns developed this variety in the 1970’s when he lived in northern Idaho where the summer night temperatures average 43 degrees. One of the earliest watermelons we know of, superb for the north, but it also grows well in heat and drought
Blacktail Mountain Watermelon Growing
Not only will this variety ripen in some of the coolest areas, it is hands down, one of the best tasting melons that you can grow.
For watermelon seeds to germinate, the soil needs to be a minimum of 60°F. If you can wait for your soil to heat up to the 70-95°F range, germination will be more successful and faster. The ideal soil temperature for watermelon seed germination is 95°F. Once you have prepared your melon patch and the soil is warm enough, you’re ready to sow your seeds.
Soil that is moist but not soggy is ideal, so either water your planting area a few hours ahead of time, or wait a few hours after rainfall. You can find out more about growing watermelons here.
Preserving And Storing Your Watermelon For Later Use
A consistent high quality producer of 10-12″ dark green fruits with sweet, candy-like red flesh. A real summertime treat.
The most common way of keeping the big fruits is in the form of watermelon rind pickles or preserves. To make these sweet treats, first cut the pale-colored inner rind into 1-inch cubes and soak overnight in a solution of 4 tablespoons of salt per quart of water. The next day, drain off the liquid and cook the rind until tender.
Then, if pickles are your goal, make a syrup of 8 cups of sugar, 4 cups of vinegar, 8 teaspoons of whole cloves, 12 cinnamon sticks and a pinch of mustard seed. Boil the mixture, allow it to sit for 15 minutes, add the watermelon rind, and cook until the cubes become transparent and delicious.
This article will show you 3 excellent ways to preserve your watermelon for long-term use.
When To Harvest Blacktail Mountain Watermelon
Ripeness is determined by four methods: when the tendril nearest the fruit is dried and brown; when the ground spot has turned from white to yellow; when the blossom end of fruit becomes soft; and the ubiquitous “thump test”— fruit should sound hollow. Cut fruit cleanly from the vine to avoid stem-end rot.
Cooking With Watermelon
Check out this surprising recipe which will you show you how to make a watermelon steak!
The cheery red color comes from lycopene, an antioxidant. Studies show it may help curb your risk of cancer and diabetes as part of a healthy lifestyle. Watermelon has more of this nutrient than any other fruit or veggie — even tomatoes. Here’s more on the nutritional benefits that you can gain by eating watermelon.
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