Schoon's Hard Shell was introduced around 1947 by F.H. Woodruff and Sons of Milford, Connecticut.
However it is suspected to be a much earlier descendant of the famous Bender melon.
Was also known as New Yorker Melon or Illinois Hardshell melon.
Schoon's has a very netted, almost ropy looking shell that is hard, deeply ribbed and ivory colored when ripe.
This hard shell is what makes this a great shipper and it is a good keeper making it a great Farmer's Market melon.
The flesh is sunset-colored, sweet, spicy and aromatic.
Slips from vine when ready to eat.
Weighs 5-7 pounds.
Extremely vigorous grower.