We've spent years researching what short-season heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables grow best in our northern climate. One challenging fruit was watermelon. Most people swear by Blacktail Mountain watermelons, but somehow we stumbled across something called Cream of Saskatchewan and never looked back.
This variety is thought to have been brought to Canada by Russian immigrants around the turn of the century. It bears fruit within 80 days, so it grows fine here. It's prolific, and the melons seem to max out around six or seven pounds.
We've gotten hooked on these wonderful melons. This photo was taken on August 6:
By the end of September, we had large beautiful melons.
The flesh is a creamy white-yellow and very sweet.
Naturally we save the seeds for next year.
I cut up a couple of the melons to bring to this week's potluck, and urged everyone to save the seeds for their gardens.
If anyone's looking for an unusual short-season heirloom variety, I can highly recommend this beauty.