[Market-farming] Banana Melon

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Tue Sep 13 08:27:18 EDT 2005


It should be ripe now. Don't worry about the tendril. They are good
indicators for watermelons, but not necessarily for these kinds of melons.
If the vine is dying, the melon may not be as sweet as it should be. the
sugars you expect in the melon come from the leaves and if the vine is dying
the sugars may not be manufactured or can't make the travel through the
vine.

Bill Shoemaker, Sr Research Specialist - Food Crops
University of Illinois - St Charles Horticulture Research Center
www.nres.uiuc.edu/faculty/directory/shoemaker_wh.html

-----Original Message-----
From: Lynn Wigglesworth <lynnw1366 at hotmail.com>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Monday, September 12, 2005 3:07 PM
Subject: [Market-farming] Banana Melon


>Does anyone know how to tell when a Banana Melon is ripe? The first one
>has turned yellow in the past couple of days and smells fantastic. The
>vine is dying from mildew or something, so I can't tell if the tendril
>near the melon is brown.
>
>Lynn Wigglesworth
>Cowbridge Farm
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