Favorite Crop Varieties: Orangegold Watermelon, Pole Snap Beans and Yellow Crookneck Squash

Brook Elliott shares MOTHER readers favorite crop varieties, including Orangegold watermelon, Romano pole snap beans, Titan tomatoes and yellow crookneck squash.

| October/November 2003

MOTHER readers share their favorite crop varieties of watermelon, snap beans, tomatoes and yellow squash.

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Favorite Crop Varieties

Great taste is one of the biggest reasons to grow your own garden, yet many of the best-tasting varieties are becoming hard to find because our current food system often values shelf life and shipping qualities more than taste and tenderness. MOTHER'S Cream of the Crops series presents outstanding varieties recommended by our readers.

Orangeglo Watermelon

In her book Melons For The Passionate Grower, Amy Goldman notes, "There's nothing more stunning than a platter of sliced watermelon with flesh tones of creamy white, salmon, canary yellow, psychedelic orange and pink lemonade."

It's no accident she chooses 'Orangeglo' as one of her favorites: Better than red-fleshed types for flavor, this winner has sweet, deep-orange flesh that hints of tropical fruit. It is, in fact, the best tasting melon I've ever tried.

Resistant to wilt and insects, the strong, healthy and prolific vines produce large green-striped melons.

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