Delice de la Table Melon
A true French cantaloupe whose name translates as “Delight of the Table.” Ribbed deSeed Savers Exchangert melons have sweet orange flesh and weigh about 1-2 pounds. Very hard to find, but alive and well in France.
- 85-90 days
- ±900 seeds/oz
- Fruits grow to 1-2 pounds
- Ribbed rinds
- Sweet orange flesh
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
Small yield of large, boring melons
I have had a middling experience with this seed. I got good germination, and had two hills with two seedlings each. They grew vigorously, and overflowed the 4x4 bed with vines.
I saw blossoms, and a fair number of tiny melon starts. But only two melons took, side by side and ripening at the same time. They were both over 7 pounds each, so they are much bigger than stated in the description. The appearance was somewhat similar to the picture, mottled green until ripe, then turning yellow and verging to overripe in a matter of a few days. The flavor was mild and not very sweet in the first one. We gave the second one away because it was more than we could use.
Overall, I liked the novelty, but would rather get more and better melons for my time and garden space.
Delighted with this melon
Dry farmed in Oregon. Put in the plant on June 10, watered well, and didn't water again. Harvested the first melon Sept 6. Large, flavorful, sweet and juicy with fairly solid flesh. There are several more on the plant and we're are looking forward to harvesting them. It tied with the Ha'ogen melon for first harvested melon of the season.
Had many melons from my one plant. It did sprawl outside of the 4x4 raised bed, but I planned for that. The first one was so delicious I'm going to grow more next year and so is my mom.
Very sweet, quick ripen, did well in ohio
Second year trying these. 1st year pests destroyed them before i could harvest. This year with new control methods i had a total of 5 melons from two plants. I almost didnt notice they were ripe till i caught a whiff of them. You can smell the sweetness from a couple feet away. If you pick it up and smell them there is a strong melon smell through the rind. High sugar content, very sweet, thick fruit and semi thin rind