Thin outer walls hold a massive solid core tasting tart and tangy, rather like a slightly under ripe melon. A mid-season heirloom from the early 1800s, it has remarkable heat and cold tolerance, and fruit that continues to set and ripen through November and December. (Cordon)
Seeds are surface-sown or covered only slightly. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Containers are held in warm conditions until sprouts appear, which may take anywhere from 3-10 days. Move sprouting plantings immediately to bright light conditions, such as a south-facing window. Inadequate light is a frequent cause of failure of young seedlings. At about the time of last frost, set out seedlings into pots. Remove side-shoots and support the plant.