So what's the deal with Rocky Ford/Eden's Gem melons??
I've been trying to sort out a mystery. Most seed companies seem to have these two muskmelons reversed in their catalogues. From what I've been able to figure out so far is that there was a Rocky Ford that is orange fleshed and was introduced first, maybe in the 1800's sometime. Only one company lists this as orange fleshed....Seeds of Change...but they don't show a picture, which is strange. All the other companies that I've seen (at least 10-15,) list Rocky Ford as green fleshed and some even call it Rocky Ford Green Fleshed....which is why I think orange was first, otherwise why call it green? Now here's the major problem....from what I can discern, the Rocky Ford green, is a 2-3 lb melon, and was introduced in 1881, and Eden's Gem (also green) is a 1 lb melon and was introduced in 1905 in Rocky Ford Colorado. Some companies are also calling Eden's Gem Rocky Ford Green Fleshed. Some companies are calling the 2-3 lb green fleshed melon Eden's Gem. It's a mess!! Why should I even care? It all started when Cornell University suggested Rocky Ford as a good one to grow in NY. When I began to look for it I found 4 different descriptions of Rocky Ford. I like to know what I'm growing. I ordered Amy Goldman's book to try and sort it out, but it hasn't arrived yet. If I made any sense then you are as obsessed as me. What's your take, and who is selling the correct melons?