The rest of the melons we tried were mostly heirloom and open pollinated varieties that we hoped had withstood the test of time.  Unfortunately many were a disappointment. Most catalogs have extreme claims for their varieties that are written by professional marketing people. Everything is the best, greatest, biggest, most disease free etc. The 2 companies that these were from are  more accurate in their catalog descriptions not outrageous in their claims as say Gurney’s or Henry Fields.  Below I have copied what they said and then what our comments are  

Name – Variety   What they say   What we think
Kiwano – African Horned Cucumber

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

  Very unusual fruit with spiny horns.” The green-yellow skin turns a bright deep orange when ready to harvest and the pulp resembles lime-green Jell-O. The fruit has a sour-sweet, banana-lime-tropical fruit taste and is good juiced. This fruit is appearing regularly in US markets. Native to Africa, it is hardy and easy to grow; can be grown just about anywhere you can grow melons. Beautiful vine and fruit! Tiny seed.   Sounds great and unusual, I just had to try it.Unfortunately the vines were slow to start, but got going after July. Strong vigorous vines that never flowered and of course never had fruit
Sleeping Beauty Melon

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

  Developed by Merlyn Niedens in the late 1990’s. This variety produces lots of small, sweet melons that have succulent orange flesh. Flattened fruit are netted and have yellow tan colored rinds. Compact vines are ideal for small gardens, and those who grow in raised beds.   This variety did perform as advertised.  They are smaller than a softball but bigger than a regular baseball.  Most of the crop matured at one time and very productive.  Very good (above supermarket) flavor.  If you want a small melon about 3-4 spoonfuls per half, then this is the one
Banana Melon

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

  Banana-shaped fruit, smooth yellow skin and sweet, spicy salmon flesh. 16”-24″ long, 5-8 lbs. It was listed in 1885 by J. H. Gregory’s Catalogue, which said “When ripe it reminds one of a large, overgrown banana… It smells like one, having a remarkably powerful and delicious fragrance.” This is one of my all- time favorites, being very sweet and great for specialty markets.   Some of these grew large, most were in the 8” – 10” range quite variable.  They fell off vine (full slip) before they seemed to be ripe. Although they looked ripe on outside and had a good smell they never developed inside and had no flavor
Pike Melon

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

  This heirloom was introduced in 1935 by Aaron Pike of Monmouth, Oregon. It is oblong and has sweet salmon, orange flesh and was bred for production on clay soils. This heirloom has become very rare.   We got this type since we have clay soils.  No flavor, inconsistent ripening.  It is probably very rare because it stinks to wait 100 days and get an inedible melon
Afghan Melon

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

  This delicious melon is grown in the high mountain valleys, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. It measures about 8 long and is football shape, the skin is netted and the flesh is green, crispy, and sweet. Recently brought back from this ancient country.   Sounds great and since Afghanistan has a similar climate it was worth a try.  Inconsistent flavor some were good, some seemed unripe, no flavor.  The texture is more like a watermelon than a cantaloupe.  Worth experimenting with
Casaba- Golden Beauty

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

  110 days. A quality Casaba type. In 1927 Burrell’s said it was the finest of Casabas, very sweet white flesh, tough golden rind, and a good keeper, can be stored well into the winter!   No flavor at all. Vines died off before total maturity but well before first frost.
Sakatas Sweet Melon

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

  A favorite Asian variety of Dr. Amy Goldman, author of Melons for the Passionate Grower. These small 3-4″ round melons are very sweet with a high sugar content. Oriental varieties open a whole new dimension to melons as they are amazingly different. Crisp, and crunchy – they have edible skins. Their small size and brilliant golden rind make them very attractive. This fine Japanese variety was developed by Sakata’s Seed Co., of Yokohama. Very Rare.   Ours grew a little larger maybe 4-5”. No flavor at all and definitely not an edible rind.  Maybe another variety was packaged incorrectly, because these stunk and were a waste of growing space
Yellow Canary Melon

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

  100 days. An elongated-shaped melon, with a deep yellow rind. Flesh is light green and very sweet and tasty. A favorite! Good yields   Description is accurate although somewhat variable in size,  slow to mature but better than average flavor
PMR Delicious 51 Melon

High Mowing Seeds

  Our first melon every season. Delicious 51 ripens quickly, resulting in heavy yields of top quality melons that stand up to many hybrids in its class. Excellent resistance to Powdery Mildew makes this a sure bet every season. Juicy, sweet flesh is dark orange and aromatic. Fruits average 2-3 lbs, are netted with slight ribbing. Skin is not as thick as modern hybrids but holds well for the market and in the fridge.   This description is very accurate. Initial fast crop and then continued to produce late into season. It did show resistance to PM as the vines next to it (Ein Dor) struggled with Powdery mildew. A great flavor and 5-6” diameter
Ein Dor Melon

High Mowing Seeds

  Known for its intense aromatic perfume and very sweet flavor with a hint of cotton candy and marzipan. Sets 3-4 lb oval melons with firm, green flesh and a small seed cavity. Ananas literally translates to pineapple in Italian and French, which hints at its sugary sweetness. Melons ripen quickly; harvest at full-slip when dark green skin becomes netted and yellow. Late maturity, but well worth the wait!   This melon was slower to produce, was less productive but had a great and unique flavor, very sweet and far superior to anything in the supermarket.  Watch for ripening as it does turn very quickly, if you think you have a week more to go you really have 2 days
Arava F1 Hybrid

High Mowing Seeds

  This green-fleshed tropical melon is deliriously aromatic, sweet and crisp. Arava is a reliable producer year after year in High Mowing’s trials and one of our staff favorites. Galia melons were developed by crossing a honeydew to a cantaloupe, resulting in a perfectly round melon with smooth, netted skin that turns yellow when ripe. Medium-size melons average 2-3 lbs   This melon is everything they claim. Superb flavor, turns yellow when ripe although we had a variety in size average from 4” diameter to 7” diameter when fully ripe. However had one monster measuring 9” and weighing 7 lbs. Very productive, worked well on trellis
Sivan F1 Hybrid

High Mowing Seeds

  Reliable fruit set and excellent resistance to Powdery Mildew. A huge hit in our trials every year. We can not keep Tom from sneaking them home on the weekend or giving them away. Small round melons with smooth, heavily netted skin. Fruits average 1.5-2 lbs. Charentais melons are known for their deep orange, fine-grained flesh and superior sugary flavor. An excellent melon for market, wholesale or the garden. For best quality, harvest at half-slip and ripen for three days at 70°F, then chill.   Another superb melon that is everything it claims to be. Very productive.  Not really small about 5-6” diameter. Also variable in size but not so much as Arava.Taste is far superior to anything found in the supermarket