A true French cantaloupe that originated in the Poitou-Charentes region circa 1920. Considered by many to be the most divine and flavorful melon in the world. Smooth round melons mature to a creamy gray with faint ribs. Sweet, juicy, orange flesh with a heavenly fragrance. Typically the size of a grapefruit and weighing 2 pounds—perfect for two people.
- 75-90 days
- 1,200 seeds/oz
- Fruits grow to grapefruit size and weigh up to 2 pounds
- Fragrant, juicy, orange flesh
- Sweet flavor
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Melons are traditionally eaten raw or fresh. Top a slice of melon with a dash of salt and serve with any meal or on its own!
Melon pairs nicely with both sweet and savory flavors so you can combine it with other fruits in a salad or toss with mint, feta, and cured pork or bacon.
Instructions - Melons love heat. Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 6' apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost.
- Direct Seed: 1" Deep
- Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
- Thin: To 3-4 Plants
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
A Small but Mighty Tasty Melon.
I received these seeds in 2018 as a with purchase gift, but I didn't try planting them until 2019. I started about 8 plants, and only had 1 melon.
This year, I had about 4 plants, and had 4 total melons on 1 plant. The melons were about the size of a baseball, with a cantaloupe like flavor. Very sweet. I actually like the size, as I was able to eat the whole melon with no leftovers.
Good for warm climates, not 6b
Nicely growing vines, good climbers, set fruits, but unfortunately NOT enough time in zone 6B for this type to ripe, neither Petite de Gris type of melon I bought from SSE. All warm weather plants will not do well in zones 5, 6.
This melon grew great in my zone 4b garden. I got my seeds for this melon not from seed savers but I thought I would leave a review here. It was a great complex flavor, its less sweet than a home grown musk melon but more sweet than a grocery store type. I did grow them under a heavy fleece row cover for the first month they were in the ground. I think they might not have worked in my short season zone with out that. I didn't get tons of melons per vine, but my soil quality is rather poor and these didn't perform less well than the other melons I grew. The space I am in is new, and it takes time for great soil to be developed.
Ridiculous Amount of Fruit
Purchased from Seed Savers - I can't believe all the melons i've got growing here in Oklahoma 7a. I planted probably 15-20 seeds and they apparently all love my clay/sand/compost raised bed soil and the hot, humid weather. Hundreds of blossoms and many many fruits. I think I'm going to set up a stand on the truck tailgate and sell them for $5 a piece.
Very impressed by Charentais
by Ray Wickline
I was completely blown away by the growth and number of melons for a single packet. Taste was very good. Charentais was one of our best two that we trialed for tolerance of heavy rain during final ripening. The flavor got a little bit washed out due to 8" of rain in a week, but was still great.
Very good variety for a small French melon
I grew this wonderful melon in 2021, in my apartment garden ( consisting of about 18 big pots) in Austin Texas zone 8, so had only 2 or 3 vines, in several of the pots, but harvested about a dozen small melons and the flavor was very good. Then after the harvest in October, some seeds came up volunteer in late fall. 2021 was a great garden year out of the ordinary, and many things did amazingly well, but still I was impressed.
Are There Any Disease-resistant Heirloom Melons?
by Steve Kennedy
I planted several varieties of melons a few years back. Deer ate the plants the first year I tried. So I screened in my beds to keep them out. The next year, the vines bore fruit but then became infected with powdery mildew.
Is there any way to prevent that?
Amazing in Full Sun in Southern NH.
by Justin R
I have grown these on the NH Seacoast in full sun and they are amazing. I suspect that the people who did not have much success maybe did not have full sun, which I would recommend. Zone 5, ripe around August 10 when I transplanted from seedings grown indoors. Look for them to start to turn color and smell. If you don't track them closely, the squirrels will make short work of them.