Rare Organic Heirloom Queen Anne's Pocket Melon Seeds (2)
(vegetable pomegranate/ Plum Granny/ melon Dudaim/ Les Plantes Potagères/ Concombre Dudaim/ Melon de senteur/ Citrouille odorante/ melon des Canaries/Pomme de Brahms/Pomme de Grenade.)
Cucumis melo L. Dudaim Group
Perfect for small areas this melon has a super high yield and is amazingly perfect for smaller garden spaces. Also known as 'Queen Annes Pocket Melon', 'Vine Pomegranate' and 'Perfume Melon'. A very fragrant heirloom. According to Amy Goldman in her book, "Melons for the Passionate Grower," this variety has been know for at least 1000 years. Used in the Victorian-era as a perfume to mask body odor by carrying in pockets and purses.
The skin of the apple-sized fruit are yellow with deep orange-red stripes and white flesh. They are edible and some folks like the flavor. They are kind of like a cucumber without the crunch. One or two melons fill a room with their perfume. Our stock originates from David Pendergrass, whose grandmother raised these melons for many years. About 75 seeds per one gram packet(White flesh) 75 days. [Appalachian Heirloom] Small tennis ball sized fruit - so fragrant 2 or 3 can make a whole room smell like melons, however taste is bland. Very prolific, best grown with trellising or support, fruit is yellow with maroon stripes.
You may be wondering "What exactly is a plum granny?" We are sooo glad you asked! And it is really not a new look for our favorite grandma -- purple hair and all! Nope, a plum granny is the old timey, Appalachian name for what some call a passion flower. They are vines with beautiful flowers with very showy centers and which bear a small plum-shaped fruit that tastes like passionfruit. These flowers grow wild around the farm -- especially in the Meadow. The Plum Granny or Queen Anne Pocket Melon are two of it’s most recent names. This melon is not vintage it is thought to be ancient and has many names throughout the ages. It would have disappeared completely had someone not saved a few seeds by accident.
Imagine if you live in a time where you could not bath everyday and had to wear a lot of heavy undergarments and long dresses and you came across this little compact melon that smelled ever so good.
What would you do with it? The ladies of the Victorian era would carry them around in their pockets. Can you imagine carrying around a melon as a portable body freshener like we carry our little Bath and Body Works spray and lotion. Bless their hearts!
The apple-sized Queen Anne's Pocket Melon (Cucumis melo L.) is a highly aromatic and fragrant fruit which is often described as a mixture of a ripe cantaloupe and pineapple with a slight hint of Queen Anne's Pocket Melon, also known as Plum-Granny, is an unusual annual trailing plant with highly aromatic, ornamental fruit that has been grown for at least 1000 years. Although possibly named for Queen Anne of England (1702-14), this melon is native to Persia and Linnaeus attributed it to Egypt and Arabia. Legend has it that the ladies of the Queens court carried the fragrant melon as a perfumed sachet. While edible, this melon is valued more for its scent than its rather flavorless white flesh. It ripens to orange with lemon-yellow stripes. This sweet miniature melon has been grown since Victorian times when fancy ladies carried them in their pockets for the sweet fragrance. The tiny fruits are have a smooth skin with jagged orange and yellow stripes and mild white flesh. They're no bigger than a billiard ball.
Just one ripe fruit, which lasts for about ten days, will perfume a whole room, and the colorful zigzags are quite showy. Plants are compact enough to be grown in containers. The flashy striped fruits dangling from a hanging basket are very cool. These seeds are scarce, so save some to share.
This fruit is called Plumgranny in the Ozarks, where it's a traditional favorite. Early and prolific, it's easy to grow. Plant the seeds as you would any melon. 80-90 days. Non GMO.
Direct sow seeds 1-2 weeks after the last spring frost in hills; sow 6-8 seeds in 12"-wide hills, then thin to 3-4 plants per hill. Plants prefer well-drained, sandy soil. Approximately 12 seeds per packet.
Exposure Planting Method Planting Depth Plant Spacing Days to Maturity Size at Maturity
Full Sun Direct Sow 1" 3-4 plants per 12" hill 75-85 12-18"H