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