Family Heirlooms – Your Watermelon is the Wrong Color

I am here today to rock your fruit-lovin’ world: not all watermelons have red flesh, and typically those that do not are sweeter and juicier.  #mindblown

The aforementioned Orangeglo, held by a much younger me.

The aforementioned Orangeglo, held by a much younger me.

If you ever think about growing your own watermelons – which I highly recommend you do, because it’s super easy – you may be shocked to find that there are varieties out there that look very different on the inside.  My family tends to head to the immense selection of heirlooms at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  There you will discover melons that, while still green on the outside, boast bright and beautiful shades of orange, yellow, and white flesh.  It has been my family’s experience that these non-rouge breeds are sweeter (an interesting observation when you consider that the same is often true with heirloom tomatoes as well).  My personal favorite watermelon is Orangeglo.

There is one caveat: heirloom fruits are pure-bred varieties, and therefore have not had the seed-bearing DNA forced out of them.  On the contrary, heirloom watermelons tend to have lots and lots of seeds.  However, for the melon enthusiast who wants a real treat, spitting out a few seeds is totally worth it!