One of the nicest surprises in my garden this year was the Ananas D’Amerique A Chair Verte Melon. I don’t know why it has such a crazy name. I planted it on a whim because I read that Thomas Jefferson planted them in 1794. (Anything that can bring my garden closer to Monticello is fine with me.)
This melon is a cross between a honeydew and a cantaloupe. It has green flesh with a yellow/orange tinge on top. It’s incredibly juicy with juice dripping all over your arms when you eat it. My son is crazy about it.
At one time, this melon was popular to grow in the United States, but it fell out of favor because its short shelf life didn’t lend itself to shipping. Now, it’s very rare to get your hands on an Ananas Melon.
But one of the exciting things about gardening is that you can grow out things you’d never eat otherwise.