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If you are tired of the pretty but tasteless watermelons, muskmelons, cantaloupes, and honeydews you find these days, then you are in luck!

Amishland Heirloom Seeds has the world's best dedicated grower of these melons, Cliff.

Cliff, is a great friend of mine and a farmer out west. He sources rare melon seeds from all over the world, plus little known American heirlooms. He then lovingly raises all these many varieties of melons for seed for Amishland Heirloom Seeds. He gives me detailed and scientific information on all his melons. Plus, Cliff is a talented photographer who takes all the evocative photos as well. He even puts them on pretty china with silverware so you can judge their size and how they will look on your table.

Here on this page are some of the rarest and most delicious melons you have ever tasted. Cliff and I guarantee that!


 

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WATERMELONS

click to see fullsized photo**NEW FOR 2017*** UKRAINIAN CHARENTAIS CANTALOUPE (original seed stock came from Ukraine)

I am thrilled to be able to offer the melon often described by the French as ambrosial. This is a Ukrainian line of the famous French melon. Amy Goldman writes evocatively about it on Page 42 (page 43 has a photo in green stage) in her justly famous "Bible" about melons, Melons for the Passionate Grower.

Cliff, my rancher friend out west raised these exquisite cantaloupes for me sustainably. Here in his own words are what he had to say: "French melon, in green stage, gray slate color, watch for color change to yellow green, stem does not release, (slip) so have to be careful not to let melon become over ripe, when it develops a metallic taste. Very unique flavor, small melon, 2” by 2”, 100 -120 days."

If you have ever eaten any Charentais cantaloupe you will never go back to plain ole American ones that is for sure. If you like dessert melons I promise you will die and go to heaven when you savor this little beauty.

ONE PACK = 10 FRESH SUSTAINABLY GROWN SEEDS


click to see fullsized photo**NEW FOR 2017*** Ukrainian "SNOWBALL" aka "SNIZHOK" Watermelon- In Ukrainian" SNIZHOK" translates as "Snowball" - All White Fruit!
JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

Here is another amazing watermelon lovingly grown for me by Cliff, my rancher friend out west. Here, in his own words, is what Cliff had to say about this gorgeous watermelon:
"This is a very unusually colored watermelon, turning white when ripe. called Snowball, (Snizhok), longer season 100-120 days, from Ukraine. Ripe when green stripes fade to greenish white, then white, & curly vine close to the stem dries up. 8-12 pounds, very productive, 5-8 melons per plant. Flavor delicate, not over-poweringly sweet. Very tough rind, makes Snowball a good selection for a market melon."

I don't know about you but I have ever seen or heard of an all white watermelon. I mean white inside and out! I am sure everyone will want to try this rare beauty. And, like so many of the Ukrainian melons, they can take the heat and the cold and drought! What's not to love? So, I suggest you start making snow angels in preparation for the fun of this white lovely. I think this will be a winner with kids and anyone who desires the totally unusual in their garden. And just think how pretty they will be cut out with a star cookie cutter when you make a USA flag cake this 4th of July - I mean real white stars (not cut up star fruit). How cool is that? Here's a good recipe to start with: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/flag-cake-recipe.html

ONE PACK is 15 fresh sustainably grown seeds


click to see fullsized photo~ Osh Kirgizia Watermelon ~ COLD WEATHER WATERMELON

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Another winner from Cliff, my farmer friend out west, who grows out all my melons and saves the seed for me for Amishland Heirloom Seeds. Here is what Cliff had to say about this watermelon: "Brix 11, (Brix is used in the food industry for measuring the approximate amount of sugars in fruits, vegetables, etc.) light green rind, with dark green jagged irregular stripes. Longer season, 100-130 days, does well in northern areas, 8-14 lbs, light pink flesh, sweet taste, one of the juiciest watermelons I have grown.  Originally from Osh Province in KYRGZSTAN, landlocked former part of USSR, borders China on West, above Afghanistan. Area called "Switzerland of Central Asia." Very productive watermelon."

ONE PACK is 20 fresh sustainably grown seeds


click to see fullsized photo~ Old Fashioned Icebox Watermelon from Ukraine~
Heirloom ~ Russian name "TSILNOLYSTYY" ~

Another winner from Cliff, my grower friend out west who grows out all my melons and saves the seed for me for Amishland Heirloom Seeds.

Here is what he had to say about this melon: 4-6 pounds, light green, whitish green exterior, light pinkish red flesh inside, nice flavor, low brix of 9.5-10.5, excellent diabetic watermelon, ripe when tendril closest to stem turns dry, color on bottom of melon matches the top. Will split if over ripe, but flesh at this point is still firm & tasty. 85-105 days, does best in cooler climates, excessive summer heat tends to kill the melon leaves. Melon does better in poorer, marginal soil. Overly fertile, rich soil, for some reason suppresses production of melons. In the 1950's, most watermelons were huge, 15-20 pounds was the norm. Sugar Babies came about 30 yrs later. This type of watermelon was called ICEBOX, as they would actually fit into most refrigerators of that time. Unsure of formal name."

ONE PACK - 20 fresh sustainably grown melon seeds


click to see fullsized photo BORCHANSKYY HEIRLOOM RUSSIAN WATERMELON~
RARE EARLY WATERMELON~ONLY USA SOURCE~

This is a shorter season watermelon that grows 8-12 pounds in only 85 to 90 days. Borchanskyy watermelon was grown for me by my friend Cliff, who has a small acreage farm in the Pacific Northwest. Cliff has this to say about it: "light to dark green with stripes outside of melon, very productive, flavor good. If picked early by mistake, has excellent flavor, golden tinge to pink colored flesh." Cliff obtained his original seed from the Ukraine. It is no longer offered, so to the best of my knowledge, I am the only commercial source of this watermelon.

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click to see fullsized photo SMALL SHINING LIGHT WATERMELON ~ Ukrainian Heirloom ~ Short Season Rare Watermelon

When Cliff first told me the poetic name, which I just love, I had to have this Ukrainian short season watermelon. This was grown for me by my friend Cliff, who has a small acreage farm in the Pacific Northwest.

Cliff has this to say about it: "Ukrainian short season watermelon, SMALL SHINING LIGHT was described as an old fashioned Russian variety, 10-12 inches, fruit early, will ripen even middle territories of Russia, perfect for cool season areas, dark green rind, sweet red flesh."

4-6 pounds, compact plant, has an old-fashioned watermelon taste, like an early 1900s watermelon. Very Rare watermelon.

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click to see fullsized photo ~ BLACK TAIL MOUNTAIN WATERMELON~
SHORT SEASON ~INCREASED SEED AMOUNT~

Blacktail Watermelon was grown for me by my friend Cliff, who has a small acreage farm in the Pacific Northwest.

Cliff has this to say about it: "Developed in 1977 by Glenn Drowns (who owns the Sand Hill Preservation Center) when he lived near Sandpoint, Idaho. Black Tail Mountain was a peak in the area of his Idaho farm, watermelon named in its honor. Dark Green with faint stripes, orange red flesh, very early, very short compact plant, 6-10 pound melons, will grow on trellis, excellent flavor, rave reviews from all who ate this melon."

The lovely photo for this melon was also taken by Cliff.

ONE PACK = 20 fresh sustainably grown seeds.


click to see fullsized photo JAPANESE DENSUKE TYPE WATERMELON ~SCARCE~INCREASED SEED AMOUNT!

(85 days) My wonderful farmer friend Cliff grew the seeds for this watermelon out for me, as I had a terrible growing season in Amishland these past 2 summers and had no melons.

So, since I didn't get to taste this beauty, I am using Cliff's description word-for-word as follows: "10-15 pounds, most 8-1/2" by 10", large blackish seeds, flesh very crisp, pleasantly sweet, different taste than most USA melons. Brix, scientific measurement of sugar content for these melons, was 11-12. Very sweet watermelons, brix from 9 to about 12, with 10 being the bottom range for most melons. True Japanese Densuke watermelons have a black colored rind; these only turned dark green in Idaho. Soil and ph can have an effect on the coloring aspects of vegetables, and speculate that the rich volcanic ash soils of Hokkaido Island contribute to the darkness of the rind. This Melon originates near Sapporo city, on Hokkaido Island, Japan. Hokkaido is the northern most island. Large amount of Japanese produce originates near Sapporo, the vegetable food basket for Japan. Area is also renowned for many varieties of winter squash."

The lovely photo for this melon was also taken by Cliff.

DUE TO GREAT GROWING SEASON - INCREASED SEED AMOUNT
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click to see fullsized photo ASTRAKHANSKI WATERMELON - RUSSIAN HEIRLOOM

75-85 days. This is a super SHORT SEASON, rare watermelon. It hails from the city of Astrakhan, on the Volga River near the Caspian Sea. It is a larger refrigerator size, ranging from 8-10 pounds (lbs). The shape is roundish at 10-12 inches. (See tape measure in photo to get a idea of its diminuative size.) This rare watermelon has a wonderful, delicious, delicate sweetness. The flesh is is pink and the seeds seem to vary in color and can be buff, orangeish or brownish. The rind is dark green with stripes and mottling. It is a very pretty melon that doesnt get too huge like many, good for a small family or one very hungry watermelon lover. This melon was grown sustainably for me by my great friend Cliff. This is also Cliff's great photo.

ONE PACK = 10 fresh sustainably grown seeds.


OTHER MELONS: Honeydew, Canteloupe, Muskmelon

click to see fullsized photoKOLHOSPNYTSVA UKRAINIAN GOLDEN HONEY HONEYDEW MELON~ aka Sweet Honey Melon

Another winner from Cliff, my grower friend out west who grows out all my melons and saves the seed for me for Amishland Heirloom Seeds.

Here is what he had to say about this melon: "100-120 days, white flesh inside, golden yellow exterior, develops scar cracks as melon ripens. No stem slip. Use thumb and forefinger, in a clasping way, to rub surface of melon. If ripe, the motion makes a sound, melon is ripe (excellent YouTube video shows procedure), 1-3 lbs. Very leafy melon, must hunt for melons under the leaves. Very sweet, brix 17. (Brix is used in the food industry for measuring the approximate amount of sugars in fruits, vegetables, etc.)"

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click to see fullsized photoTUSCANY TYPE CANTALOUPE ~ Super Market Grower's Melon ~

Another winner from Cliff, my grower friend out west who grows out all my melons and saves the seed for me for Amishland Heirloom Seeds.

Here is what he had to say about this cantaloupe: "Originated in Tuscany, Italy. There it is a very popular market melon, due to the firmness of its flesh. Fine netting with ribs important characteristic of this melon, ribs or grooves first turn green, then light green, then golden colored when fully ripe. Best when stem starts to crack, and finishes ripening off the plant, 2-4 days. At full stem release, if left on plant, may crack, or attract insects. Excellent fruit salad melon. BRIX (sweetness measurement) of 13. 1/2 to three pounds, 90-110 days, orange, small seed cavity, VERY FIRM FLESH EVEN AT FULL RIPENESS, light sweet taste, not overpowering like some cantaloupes. Due to this firmness, this makes it great for shipping and selling for any market grower."

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click to see fullsized photo ~BECK SNAKE RIVER ISLAND MUSKMELON~ EARLY~

Idaho muskmelon was grown for me by my friend Cliff, who has a small acreage farm in the Pacific Northwest. Cliff has this to say about it:  "2-3 lb., 75-85 days, prefers light sand loam soil. Very slight ribbing, light netting.
Popular market melon in south western Idaho. Raised by Beck family for several generations on an island in the Snake River. Excellent sweet flavor."

It's getting rather difficult to find old time muskmelons anymore, at least here in Pennsylvania. No one around here grows them, only cantaloupes. The lovely photo for this melon was also taken by Cliff.

ONE PACK = 20 fresh sustainably grown seeds.


click to see fullsized photo JAPANESE YUBARI KING TYPE CANTELOUPE-
VERY RARE! ~ One of only 2 USA seed sources ~ INCREASED SEED AMOUNT ~

My dear friend, Cliff, who lives in the pacific northwest does all my melon growing for me. I am giving you, in his own words, his description as follows: “90 days, 3 - 4-1/2 lb melons, very productive 10+ melons per vine. Honey sweet orange flesh that extends almost to rind. At full slip, melon is at peak of ripeness, will not store long at this stage. Can be harvested before full slip and still have very good flavor/sweetness. 1n 1960s, melon was a hybrid, created for the farming area around Yubari City, Hokkaido Island, Japan. Very intense agricultural area, climate similar to most of USA. Over time, an open pollinated version was developed. Several years ago, a pair of Yubari King melons sold for a record $203,000, at a charity auction in Japan. Full story of this auction can be read online. Japan does not allow imports of canteloupes or watermelons, and all domestic production is sold at auction by their agriculture department. Most common people in Japan can not afford to buy melons, as they are too expensive. Most are bought to be given as gifts to a favored friend."

Please see this Japanese website for very detailed history of this melon. www.bigempire.com/sake/yubari.html. Since this is officially not the Yubari King Melon of Japan, which is controlled by the Japanese Government, we are calling it "JAPANESE YUBARI KING TYPE CANTELOUPE.” The photo for this melon was also taken by Cliff.

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click to see fullsized photo EIN DOR CANTELOUPE -
VERY LIMITED AMOUNT OF SEED - Only USA Seed Source ~ Order early !

100 days - This is a fabulous dessert melon which was developed on the Ein Dor Kibbutz in Israel. Very rare and hard to find in the United States. The range in size from 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 pounds (lbs.) It is light colored with very slight netting compared to American cantaloupes. It releases from stem (slips) when ripe. This sweet melon got rave reviews in all my taste testings. And when I sold out last season they all begged for more seeds. People couldn’t get enough of it, swearing it was the best cantaloupe they had ever eaten. It has a fruity, banana taste, with pale green flesh, (which looks white in this photo.) It is great tasting clear to rind. The fruits are a unique football shape. This melon was grown sustainably for me by my great friend Cliff, since I just don't have the room for melon growing here in my Lancaster County gardens. The lovely photo is by Cliff also.  To the best of my knowledge I am the only USA commercial source of these seeds now.

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