Bateekh Samara melon

Origin - Iraq

Days till harvest - 95 days

Rind - Greenish grey, non-netted, furry.  Flesh - Pale green, lemon flavoured and barely sweet. May appeal to many 'adult' tastes but I prefer my melons to be very sweet.  Fruit weight - around 300g

Ripeness indicator - green skin turns yellowish, slips.

 'Oblong fruits are brownish-green and netted outside, lime green within. In Baker Creek trials the flavor was an unusual, a very delicious, sweet-tart combination, with a distinct citrus taste. The name simply means “old melon from Samarra,” which is a city in northern Iraq. Apparently this variety is known to have been grown in the Abbasid Period over one thousand years ago! Endangered due to war and America’s aggressive promotion of patented seeds in Iraq. '

My Notes:

I am not sure if the single fruit I got is typical of the size. The plants are very small and I am still hoping for at least one more fruit but there are no female flowers on them. 

Seeds sometimes available from Baker Creek seeds 

Photos thanks to Garden Larder, Australia