Now that the air is cooling and days are getting shorter, I’m down to one last cantaloupe from the garden. I’m lucky to have grown any at all given the average melon’s need for a long, hot growing season.
Hot, we had - record-breaking heat that lasted longer than ever. Yes, ever. But the length of our season at this latitude is such that melons don’t always get the chance to ripen fully. If white watermelon ever becomes the next trending thing, you can thank me and my effort to make use of some not-ready-for-prime-time players a while back.
Thankfully, someone in Minnesota decided they couldn’t live with the thought of underripe melons year after year and developed what they call the Minnesota Midget, and I prefer to call the Minnesota Small.
This is a personal size, practically individual serving cantaloupe that produces a lovely fragrance when ripe and often picks itself from the vine when it’s had enough - usually around 65 days from seed.
These babies are quick to disappear, too.