The smooth, ribbed skin ripens from almost black to very dark green to orange mottled with medium green.
They will be 4 to 6 inches wide (10 to 15 cm), and weigh 2 to 3 pounds (900 to 1400g.)
The orange flesh inside is sweet and aromatic.
Noir des Carmes Melons were known by 1787.
The name means “Black of the Carmelite monks.”