Cantaloupe Heirloom Seeds

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The Jumbo, Hales Best is another traditional favorite. This melon yields large, oval, ribbed fruits with a heavy netting and fine textured orange flesh. It sustains it?s sweet flavor longer than most. This cantaloupe also thrives in warm temps and is drought tolerant.
  • Days to maturity: 90 days.
  • Growth: 5-6 lbs, 15-18 height.
  • Tips: tart plants indoors, 4-5 weeks before transplanting outdoors. Plant 4-5 seeds in a spot, then space according to area.
  • Plant Spacing:
  • Row: 36"-72"Plant: 15"-18"
  • Planting Depth: 1/2 inch.
  • Days to Germination: 4-10 days.
  • Days to harvest: 90 days.
  • Because the flesh of the cantaloupe is often pastel-like in color (compared to the more vibrant color of fruits like oranges), we sometimes forget how important cantaloupe can be as a fruit source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids).
  • Researchers have recently measured the carotenoid contents of six different California-grown cantaloupe hybrids and discovered that their beta-carotene content can reach levels as high as 3,138 micrograms (per 100 grams of fresh weight).
  • That?s about 30 times higher than the beta-carotene content of fresh oranges. Although this nutrient richness of cantaloupe still does not place it in the beta-carotene range for fresh carrots here (about 8,300 micrograms), it's still an aspect of this delicious fruit that is all-too-frequently overlooked.
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