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Mother Earth News says about Charentais...

"Among many delicious melons that are too fragile to ship, the French cantaloupes are at the top of my list. Perfectly sized for a half-melon serving, the French Charentais types have thick, firm, orange flesh and a small seed cavity.

When ripe, their smooth, blue-green skin turns yellow, and the melons slip easily from their stems. If those signs of readiness are not enough, just the aroma of a ripe Charentais in the patch is a dead giveaway. The flavor is perfumed and tropically exotic, too — distinct from the more typical netted-skinned varieties."

Amy Goldman writes in her book, Melons For the Passionate Grower, that the Charentais is a type of melon (many commercial varieties exist) that originated in the Poitou-Charentes region of western France, circa 1920. "It is a refined cantaloupe," she says, "free of the blemishes and warts of its ancestors.""

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  • Author: Deborah Wallace
    I have never grown melons before this year and Organic Charentais was among the varieties I purchased from Sustainable Seed Co.

    First of all, these were super easy and fast growing - I planted them in a 10ft long planter box (about 12" wide and 12" tall) which they shared with other melon plants - I probably planted too many in such a small space but they exploded anyway and just about took over my entire front lawn which is about 16'x20'

    The melon seedlings went into the planter box April 20, and today, July 13th, my very first Charentais slipped off the vine just as described when I went to move it a tad. In retrospect, I could have pulled this one off a couple of days ago but there was no harm in letting it slide off on its own.

    We promptly cut the melon and devoured half - the other half went into the fridge to chill since we wanted to see how the cold changes the experience.

    From this one melon, I probably got over 100 seeds which are drying out right now for next year. This melon variety will be planted every year now.

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