Eden's Gem Melon
(aka Eden Gem, Rocky Ford Eden Gem) Early maturing variety developed in 1905 at Rocky Ford, Colorado as a “crate melon.” Amy Goldman, author of Melons for the Passionate Grower, claims this is one of her all-time favorites and “may cause drooling.” Softball-sized netted fruits weigh in at about 1 pound. Complex spicy flavor.
- 65-80 days
- ±1,100 seeds/oz
- Fruits grow to softball size
- Flesh is green and skin is netted
- Complex, spicy 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
Delicious! Small melons with a large seed cavity but a heavy producer. No problem with splitting. This will be a staple in my garden.
Sweet, complex, great in the north
This is my second year growing Eden Gem in zone 4b. Last year I seeded directly into the soil and covered it with black plastic; this year, I planted seeds in one very large plastic pot and a 15-gallon grow bag. Last Saturday (8-6-22), I harvested 2 melons, sweet and complex in flavor. Six small melons on the vine of the grow-bag plant; the other, planted only 2 weeks ago, have masses of flowers and very happy bumblebees.
My Gems don’t slip from their stems; the stems are still green and juicy when the melons ripen. But they go in a single day from green rind beneath their netting to pale gold. When that happens, I pounce.