(Citrullus lanatus) Small, golden yellow fruit to 1.5kg with salmon-pink, firm, sweet flesh & black seeds. A 'mini' watermelon, great for individual serves. Fruit is mature and ready to harvest when fruit & entire plant turns to yellow. Dates back to 1959. High yields with over 7 fruit per plant. Early harvest; great for cooler areas with short seasons. 65-70 days. 22 seeds
Easy to grow but not a gourmet treat
By: Ken Lovell on 11 December 2017
I grew these through a very difficult spring - weeks of drought followed by the wettest October - December for years. The vines had no mildew problems and the fruit ripened beautifully without splitting. Four fruit per vine, each about the size of a spaghetti squash. The change of colour to full yellow is indeed a reliable indicator they're ready to pick.
The quality of the flesh was a little disappointing. I wouldn't call it "bland", like reviewers on some of the American sites, but it's certainly not the sweetest most flavorful melon I've ever eaten. I might be inclined to blame the wet weather except that every other review says much the same thing.
The melons have plenty of seeds and the flesh falls apart easily, so forget about cutting the melons into cubes for fruit salad and the like. They're very much a cut-eat-and-get-messy fruit, Kids would probably love them. Overall I'm not sorry I grew them but probably wouldn't bother doing it again.