SOWING TIME: February To March
FRUIT PICKING: After 105-110 Days From Sowing
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblong
FRUIT COLOR: Yellow
AVERAGE WEIGHT: 1.5-2.0 Kgs
FLESH COLOR: White
SWEETNESS: Very Sweet And Crisp
This gorgeous looking, sweet-tasting, and healthful fruit belongs to the gourd family! Hard to believe, but yes the Melons or Kharbooza (urdu word) as they are popularly known in the Indian subcontinent and Pakistan are very popular summer fruit which find themselves vying with the watermelon in the middle of summer. They usually grow in semiarid conditions and are cultivated for their inner flesh. The origin of this fruit which the West refers to as Cantaloupe dates back to Egypt’s Nile Valley, about 2000 B.C. Historians sometimes also suggest that along with Egypt the muskmelons were also being cultivated in Greece, India, Persia, and Armenia. Today, they are widely consumed and can be found in almost every part of the world. What makes this Honey-like sweet fruit so refreshing and bountiful? The enormous amount of naturally occurring nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, Beta-carotene, Folate, and other minerals and micronutrients. The health benefits of the Melon are also many. Melons are notably great for smokers to fight against the active intake of carcinogenic substances. There is a compound called Adenosine which is found in abundance in the Melons which is known to have blood-thinning properties and hence is great for people with high blood pressure. Recommended to maintain healthy skin, weight, and maintaining optimal eyesight, Melons can safely be called a power fruit!
Eat them raw, make a dessert (sorbet) or simply bite into a nice chunk of the Melons, whatever and however, you have them, you will love every pinch of them! So start growing them in your gardens now.
Soil should be mixed with well rotten Cow dung. Make planting beds around 5 – 7 feet wide and sow seeds on both sides of the bed at 1.5 feet distance between two lines. Water it immediately and then water as per requirement. Harvest after 105-110 days.