This year we tried the Boule d’Or Melon (AKA Golden Perfection, AKA Cucumis Melo) from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. It is a French heirloom melon that is described as quite prolific, hardy, and mildew resistant. We are always looking for powdery mildew resistant varieties because we live in the SF Bay Area where summer days are sometimes overcast for half the day and we tend to get powdery mildew pretty easily.
Geography/History: According to various web sources, this melon was first listed in 1885 in Vilmorin’s book “The Vegetable Garden” (the first-ever seed catalog published for farmers and growers). It is described as very rare and is not a commercial melon.
Catalog Description: (Golden Perfection) Very sweet, pale green flesh is just marvelous. Yellow and loosely netted, a very beautiful melon. This was one of our top melons in our 2003 trials, truly incredible! It was listed in Vilmorin’s book The Vegetable Garden in 1885, but is very rare now. An all-time favorite and a dream for market growers. (95-110 days)
Bay Area Reality: Because of our relatively temperate to sometimes overcast summer days, I tend to want to grow shorter season But I love honeydew and wanted to try growing some. We found this vine to be a very hardy vine and seemed to be resistant to the powdery mildew which hit our zucchini and spaghetti squash. It wasn’t overly prolific, but did easily set a few fruit per vine. We read that it is hard to know when it is ripe and that when you think it is ripe to let it keep going another week. This is a picture of them from our garden.
Taste: These melons were a wonderful honeydew-like melon. I found the flavor to be a clean, very sweet honeydew with slighty different overtones. The melon is even sweeter than your standard honeydew and the flesh stays pretty crisp.
Final Verdict: A Winner! We will be growing this one again for 2013!
We had three beautiful melons in our front yard near our porch, growing under our wisteria arbor. It is pretty deep into our front yard so I thought they would be safe from our neighborhood foragers. Unfortunately someone crept into our front yard this morning and stole the most ripe of the melons pictured. I was pretty upset about it because we didn’t have that many melons to begin with. We’ve been pretty generous with our tomatoes and beans, so to have someone just steal is upsetting. So now we’ve covered the bed with a wire frame and it’s just one more reason to put up a fence to protect our front yard garden.