Minnesota Midget Melon
The Minnesota Midget Melon produces round, 4-5″ fruits that have thick, sugary, golden-flesh which is edible right down to the rind.
Minnesota Midget Melon History
The Minnesota Midget Melon was bred for northern growers at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul in 1948 and was introduced by Farmer Seed and Nursery Company. This little muskmelon has 12 oz. fruit and you can easily furnish it with a trellis. The skin is lightly netted and the flesh is pale orange. This is a rare, short season melon that sweetens even in cold climates.
Minnesota Midget Melon Growing
Plant in fertile soil, amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth. Click here to learn more about planting and growing Minnesota Midget Melon.
Preserving And Storing Melons For Later Use
Store whole melons at room temperature for 5–7 days. Once cut, keep it in the refrigerator covered in plastic for 3–4 days. Check out these 9 interesting ways to preserve and store melons.
How To Preserve Minnesota Midget Melon Cantaloupe Seeds
When saving seed from melons, keep in mind that they will cross pollinate with other varieties of melon but not with watermelon, cucumbers, or squash. Melon seeds mature when the fruit is ripe; cut open the fruit and put the pulp that contains the seeds into a bowl. Work it with your fingers to separate the seeds from the pulpy fibers. Add enough water so that the pulp and the hollow seeds will float; remove the floating material, and the good seeds will remain at the bottom of the bowl. Rinse them well, then spread them out to dry completely. Store them in a cool, dry place for up to five years.
Cooking With Minnesota Midget
Round 4-5″ fruits have thick, sugary, golden-flesh that is edible right down to the rind. Try a simple summer appetizer of canteloupe (or honeydew) wrapped in prosciutto ham. This sweet, salty combination is always a hit! This article will show you how to make an amazing melon cooler that you could enjoy after a long day in the garden!
A cantaloupe is bursting with nutrients: It’s full of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) as well as vitamin C, and is a good source of the mineral potassium. Another benefit is that the fruit’s deep-orange flesh is full of flavor, but is low in calories. Here’s more on the nutritional benefits of cantaloupe melons.
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