A guide to early melon varieties. 'Minnesota Midget' boasts sugary flesh that's edible right to the rind.
PHOTO: DAVID CAVAGNARO
'Black Tail Mountain' sets the flavor standard for watermelons.
'Honey Girl,' a Charentais type, is super sweet and very fragrant.
Introduced in 1846, 'Jenny Lind' has sweet, juicy, lime-green flesh.
'Collective Farm Woman' has sweet, crisp flesh. From the Ukraine, it is said to grow well even in Moscow.
'Sweet Siberian' watermelon is aptly named for the taste of its gorgeous orange-yellow flesh.
Colorful heirloom watermelons make a beautiful and delicious treat.
'Queen Anne's' pocket melon gives off an exotic perfume, but it's barely edible.
Chart: Maturity rates for transplanted cantaloupes, watermelons and other melons.
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