Madhu Ras Melon
Where did the Madhu Melon come from?
Explorer Joseph Simcox, founded this special heirloom, historic melon, at a market in New Delhi.
It was introduced by him to the North American market.
Growing the Madhu Melon in a large pot with a trellis
I have been personally growing the Madhu Melon in a large pot with a trellis on my patio. It has grown by leaps and bounds in a short period of time.
Madhu Ras Melon in a pot on the patio
How does the Madhu Ras Melon taste?
The name Madhu Ras means honey melon which is an appropriate name for a sweet fruit. The flesh is soft and silky and has a classic muskmelon taste like a cantalopue. It is exceptionally sweet, and its flavor is somehere between honey and nectar.
Facts about the Madhu Ras Melon
1. The fruit becomes ready for harvest in 90 days from seed sowing.
2. The melon does amazingly well in hot dry climates.
3. The melons are open pollinated.
4. The Madhu Ras melon is small but delicious.
5. It weights about 1.43 pounds to 1.73 pounds.
How Do You Know When Your Madhu Ras Melon is ripe
As with a cantaloupe color is your first sign of ripeness. The melons green rind will take on a creamy yellowish color.
If the color is right, gently push on the end of the melon, opposite from the stem. It there is a slight give the melon is probably ripe.
The Madhu Ras melon like the cantaloupe is getting ripe when the skin color warms.
Another sign is that the skin is mostly yellow orange with a small degree of green mottling and melons slip from the vine.
One of the best things about growing your own melons is that you can pick them at the peak of the flavor, when the sugars are most concentrated. Unlike many types of fruit melons get softer once that have been picked but they do not get any sweeter, The trick to harvesting melons is figuring out when that moment of peak flavor is.
A ripe muskmelon has a pleasant aroma. Check the spot at the top of the melon where it attaches to the vine,
On an unripe cantaloupe the stem end will be firmly attached and smooth at the point where it connects with the melon. As it gets riper the stem end may rise off the fruit slightly.
When the melon is ripe the stem will separate easily from the melon. Many times the melon may detach from the vine on its own. That is why it is important to keep an eye on the melons that are reopening so they don't sit in the garden unpicked too long,