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105 days. Non-GMO. Branco do Ribatejo Melon Seeds from True Leaf Market produce an open-pollinated variety of melon with very sweet, greenish-white flesh and a white, lightly striped rind. The oval fruit typically weighs between 6 lbs. and 8 lbs. Because of its vining growth habit, melon plants should be trellised to promote vertical growth, improve airflow, and keep the fruit off the ground. These heirloom melon seeds come from Mountain Valley Seed Co., a small, family-owned seed company known for supplying premium-quality seeds to both home growers and fresh market producers. Approx. 900 seeds/ounce.
Branco do Ribatejo melons grow on vigorous vines during the frost-free growing season. Melon seeds germinate best in warm soil.
To grow Branco do Ribatejo melons in areas with a long growing season, it is best to directly sow the seeds in the garden when the soil reaches a temperature of 70 degrees F or higher. This typically happens around 2 weeks after the last frost date. Because Branco do Ribatejo melons take 105 days to reach maturity, growers with a short season can start seeds indoors 2 to 4 weeks before the last frost date and transplant the seedlings after the threat of frost has completely passed.
The Branco do Ribatejo melon seeds or seedlings should be spaced in rows or hills 4' to 6' apart.
Preferring fertile, well-draining soil, Branco do Ribatejo melons do well when you amend the planting site with compost before planting. In addition, Branco do Ribatejo melons will grow the largest, tastiest fruit when provided with consistently moist soil. Plan on providing about 1" of water per week.
Various Uses for Branco do Ribatejo Melon:
Branco do Ribatejo melons are very sweet tasting and are delicious when sliced or cut up into chunks and eaten fresh. You can also create treats, such as smoothies, desserts, fresh fruit salsa, and more with this sweet fruit.
Branco do Ribatejo Melon Benefits:
Branco do Ribatejo melons are a good source of vitamins and minerals and are a delicious way to stay hydrated thanks to the high water content.
Medium cycle variety. This melon is the national favorite of Portugal. Yields large oval fruits of about 6 to 8 Lbs. Has a slightly oblong, white, lightly striped rind and sweet greenish-white flesh that is strongly aromatic. Direct sow after late frost. Sow seeds half an inch deep and space plants 4 to 6 feet apart. Prefers the heat and requires frequent watering. Branco do Ribatejo melons are a popular heirloom variety in Portugal.
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