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Kazakh review

By Penny Stine

In my quest to grow new, weird and wonderful crops, I planted a melon called a Kazakh. The seed catalog (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds) said the small melons were sweet, early and prolific.

It's also a climber, so I planted it on my Anasazi bean trellis. (See the pic in Friday's post.)

 

On Sunday, I was out there looking for tomatoes, and I saw what looked like a giant yellow one close to the ground. When I picked it up, it was no longer attached to the vine, which is always a good sign that it's ripe. The jungle kept if from actually falling to the ground.

 

 

 

 

I discovered it wasn't a giant yellow tomato, but a fully ripe Kazakh melon! I didn't even know it was there.

 

 

 

 

 

I've been watching other melons like this one, which is starting to turn from green to yellow, but I never saw the other one. Since it was the first one of the season (so much for the melons being early!), I was curious whether or not it lived up to the description, so I took it inside and we ate it with lunch.

 

As you can see, it's got a white flesh. Unlike the Early Hanover melons that I planted and was disappointed in, which also have white flesh, this one really was sweet and tasty. Similar to a honeydew, but different.

It is a good climber. I think it would produce better if it wasn't so crowded by the beans and the tomatoes, but I tend to crowd everything.
I'm not sure if I'll plant it again next year or not. While it was good, it wasn't the most awesome melon ever, which is my goal every planting season.

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