Petit Gris de Rennes Melon
La crème de la crème of French cantaloupes. First noted in the garden of the Bishop of Rennes nearly 400 years ago. Petit Gris translates as “little grey,” named for its appearance before ripening. Fruits typically weigh 2-3 pounds and have a mustard and olive speckled rind. Flavorful sweet orange flesh is reminiscent of brown sugar.
- 80-85 days
- Fruits weigh 2-3 pounds
- Juicy, sweet orange flesh
- Flavor like brown sugar when ripe
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
Strong vines setting lot of fruits
Beautiful vines, set lots of fruits, but not enough time to ripe in zone 6B, otherwise would be perfect. Will try warmer all day sunny location next year, might get lucky, or hope for warmer summer in 2021! :)
Small but amazing flavor
In Southern CO we're known for cantaloupe. The flavor of these small ones surpasses those people travel to buy as confessed by many who tried them! Have to keep watch on them though, they will crack open if not harvested in time, even if they're still a bit small.
First time planting this melon. The only downside is they split open when ripe, i.e. turn mostly orange. Pick when the netting starts turning silver/grey. Should have some orange on underside. If no orange on underside, wait a few more days. These melons tend to ripen quickly
Flavor? Incredible. You will judge every other melon you eat by the standard set by this melons flavor. Plant it. Grow it. Enjoy it.
Definitely growing again!
These were delicious! They ripened in my western Washington garden under less than ideal conditions. The flavor and texture were fantastic, and the vines produced well. I'd give them 6 stars if I could. They were difficult to know when they were ripe, and I had to rely mostly on smell. Fortunately that wasn't hard, as one melon perfumed my entire kitchen.