Friday, September 03, 2010

Better To Have Smaller Melons

I've heard this from several different sources recently, so it does seem that these days, a good watermelon also has to ship well, which means a thick rind and a uniform shape. It has to be small enough so people pushing shopping carts or carrying a simple hand basket in big-city supermarkets will buy it. And, it can’t have seeds. (After all, who has time for those in big cities?)

And of course, all of that describes small hybrid triploid melon beauties with names like Precious Petite, Sugar Baby, and Orchid Sweet. Word is, these are very likely the future for many watermelon farmers, even though they appear to be the heartbreakers for a lot of people around southwest Arkansas.
Known for both President Bill Clinton, Governor Mike Huckabee, and the gi-normous melons that are celebrated at its annual Watermelon Festival, this football shaped, seeded variety only grows in a handful of watermelon patches these days. They also seem to be a thing of the past in a modern day world where small is big.
Anyway, when it comes to choosing a melon, smaller…is better. Take a look:

1 comment:

Lynn Sinclair said...

I like a smaller melon because there's a better chance we'll actually eat all of it. And it takes up less space in the fridge.