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Lemon, Garden

Orange melon, Mango melon, Melon apple, Vine peach, Vegetable orange, Naudin

Cucurbitaceae Cucumis melo L. (Chito group)

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This is a close relative of the muskmelon which it resembles, but has a less vigorous vine and smaller leaves. Leaves and vines are hairy. Fruit is of size, shape and color of an orange or lemon, with a smooth surface. Fruit flesh is white or yellow, resembling cucumber. It is not edible in its natural state, but is useful for preserves and pickles.

Season, seed to first harvest: 2 to 3 months.

Production in U.S.: No data. Very limited.

Use: Preserves, pickles.

Part of plant used: Whole fruit.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch