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Hale's Best Jumbo Cantaloupe Melons

Hale's Best Jumbo Cantaloupe Melons are, as the name would imply, a member of the Cantaloupe family.

The vines can grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall and spread out over 5 feet (1 1/2 metres.) The plant is a reliable producer.

The melons are oval, about 7 inches (18) long by 6 inches (15 cm) wide, and weigh 5 to 6 pounds (2.3 to 2.7 kg.) They have a thinnish but hard, slightly-ribbed rind with netting.

Inside, they have a small seed cavity and juicy, aromatic, salmon-coloured to bright orange flesh.

Okay to ship short distances, but not long distances.

About 90 days from seed.

One strain, "Hales Best 36", has no ribbing. It will be about 6 inches (15 cm) long and weigh 2 to 3 pounds (900 to 1400g.) It is still offered (as of 2005) only by a few seed companies, but it hasn't proved as popular after all as the original. The plant produces good yields of uniformly sized melons. The salmon-coloured flesh is sweet, with a trace of spice in its taste.

History Notes

Hale's Best Jumbo Cantaloupe Melon was introduced sometime in the 1920s. It was being grown by a Japanese person for sale to market in Brawley, California. Discovered there by an I.D. Hale in 1923.

Used as a progenitor of Honeyball Melons.

Language Notes

Named after Hale. The name of the gardener who actually developed it has sadly been lost.

Cantaloupe Melons

Blue Ridge Melons; Butterscotch Melons; Cantaloupe Melons; Hale's Best Jumbo Cantaloupe Melons; Honeyball Melons; Montreal Melons; Noir des Carmes Melons

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Oulton, Randal. "Hale's Best Jumbo Cantaloupe Melons." CooksInfo.com. Published 04 May 2005; revised 26 June 2009. Web. Accessed 03/23/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/hales-best-jumbo-cantaloupe-melons>.

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