Tularosa Market Cucumis melo
L. Inodorus Group
Working with a concerned preservationist, this is another example of our core mission to preserve old heirloom varieties by making them available to home gardeners.
85 days — Although this melon was originally grown in the Tularosa Basin of Southern New Mexico for the local farmer's markets, it does very well for us here in the Northern Willamette Valley of Oregon. The fruits have rinds that are pale-yellow with green spots and vary in weight from three to nine pounds. Their flesh is pale-orange, tender, sweet and juicy. Although the rinds are thick, allowing them to be shipped to market, like many older heirloom melon varieties, they have a limited shelf-life and are best consumed shortly after harvesting.
We received the seed from a preservation minded individual named Sheri Miller who realized that this variety was disappearing quickly. In a recent email she told us, "The original grower of this melon, Jack Shores, is 82 years old (in 2013). Your company is literally saving this melon from extinction . . . thank you so much.
" This grower had been raising them for decades and told Sheri that they were originally from a Japanese farmer. Mr. Shores
passed away in December of 2013.
Each packet contains one gram, which is about 30 seeds.
— Rare and in very limited supply —