Noir Des Carmes
French heirloom first mentioned by Mawe & Abercromie in 1787 and named for the Carmelite monks who once tended it in France. An extremely luxurious melon and one of the easiest to grow. About the size of a softball. Sweet, aromatic, orange flesh. Very productive.
Melon Noir Des Carmes History
(aka Black Rock) French heirloom first mentioned by Mawe & Abercromie in 1787 and named for the Carmelite monks who once tended it in France. An extremely luxurious melon and one of the easiest to grow. About the size of a softball. Sweet, aromatic, orange flesh. Very productive. Fruits ripen from almost black to orange. Pick just before ripe to prevent splitting.
Growing Noir Des Carmes
Direct sow 3 seeds 1/4-1/2” deep in mounds 12-18″ apart, keeping rows 5-6′ apart. Thin seedlings to the healthiest plant. Soil should be moderately rich, well-drained and neutral to slightly acidic (pH 6.0-7.5). Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid wetting the leaves. Plentiful heat is required for good fruit development. The vines need ample space.
Preserving And Storing Noir Des Carmes
To freeze cantaloupe successfully, start with fresh, ripe melons. Look for cantaloupes with solid rinds where the netting stands out on the surface. The stem end of the melon should have a slight give, and you should be able to detect a slight cantaloupe fragrance. Avoid overripe melons, which have a strongly yellow-tone to the rind and may even have spots that are decaying or dark. Overripe melons often have a very strong cantaloupe fragrance.
Harvesting Noir Des Carmes
75-90 days to harvest. Mid-season, the fruit is nearly black, lobed, and glossy. When ripe, the skin becomes orange with green mottling, the aroma increases and the tendril closest to the stem dries. The melon will come off the vine easily when pulled. Harvest promptly to avoid splitting. Not suitable for storage.
This fresh and delicious Melon Salad recipe is good any time of the year because melons are usually available throughout the year. You can use any melon, from casaba to Santa Claus, in this beautiful recipe.
Noir Des Carmes Nutrition
Melon contains a wide variety of nutrients and plant compounds that may be responsible for its many potential health benefits. It may help reduce blood pressure due to its high potassium and low sodium content. Melon contains multiple nutrients that are vital for bone health, including folate, vitamin K and magnesium. Regularly eating fruit, such as honeydew melon, is associated with a lower risk of diabetes and related health complications. This is likely due to the fiber and other health-promoting nutrients found in fruit. It contains fiber, a nutrient known to support healthy digestion. Due to its moderate fiber content, it may be better tolerated than high-fiber foods by people with certain digestive disorders or those introducing fiber into their diet.
Other Melon Varieties Worth Checking Out
Hale`s Best Melon is a reliable early melon with heavy netting and firm salmon colored flesh. Good, old-fashioned melon flavor and drought tolerant. Fruits are round and weigh 3-4 pounds. Introduced in 1923. Melons are ripe when they “slip” off the vine.
Crimson Sweet is very popular, a great choice for the home garden. All American Selections winner from 1964 and still going strong. Light green rinds with dark green stripes, firm and fine textured red flesh. Juicy and flavorful, this one won’t last long in the fridge. Typically grows 20-25 pounds.