In addition to the unique markings on the old Moon and Stars watermelon, the medium size fruits are extra flavorful and their thick skins make the absolute best pickled melon rind preserves you ever put in your mouth! It is fast to produce from seed planted when soil warms in the spring, making it possible for folks with short summers to enjoy it; or those with longer growing seasons can plant several times in the spring to enjoy a longer harvest.
‘Doll Babies’ watermelons are an icebox type, yielding small, crispy sweet melons with flesh that’s pink or yellow. These melons have tough, crack-resistant rinds and ripen 68 to 80 days after planting.
Watermelon salsa includes simple ingredients: watermelon, brown sugar, garlic, cilantro, sweet or hot pepper, green onion and black beans. In most regions, watermelon, garlic, onions, cilantro and peppers are ripe for picking just in time for mixing this salsa.
This Asian watermelon grows small, family-size melons on 3- to 4-foot vines. It’s a bush-type plant that doesn’t need a big growing area to yield. Each vine typically grows up to six melons per plant. The red flesh has a high sugar content, offering a sweet treat.
To make these colorful treats blend watermelon chunks, then pulse, strain and pour into small paper cups. Top each cup with a thick slice of kiwi. Place the popsicle stick through the center of the fruit, then freeze. Once frozen, just remove the paper cup and serve!
While the juicy flesh is delicious for gobbling and the seeds are great for spitting, the rind on a watermelon also has its place on the dinner table. Pickled watermelon rind is a Southern classic and makes a great side dish or can be tossed with crispy bacon and served over greens.
Introduced in 1956, ‘Sugar Baby’ watermelon is a type of icebox or picnic watermelon. It produces small fruits that are 7 to 8 inches across—just the right size for fitting in the fridge or a picnic basket. Red flesh has a high brix value, which measures sugar content.
As you can tell, the name watermelon radish (a heirloom variety of Asian daikon) is completely appropriate as its interior flesh is the color of fresh watermelon slices. From seed they grow from 1 to 5 inches in diameter and fare best in spring and summer plantings.