It did not grow much bigger and started feeling a bit squishy. And its vine stem was quite brown and dry. So we harvested it and removed the plant it was on (all shrivelled up). I was so worried that it was rotting (because it was squishy) that I hurried to cut it open and forgot to measure and weigh and photograph it. Mummy weighed it in bits and pieces and it totalled 510g. Nothing like Curious Gardener’s Little Monster!
Just for the record. It was still a big headed, small bottomed shape when harvested!
And we’re having soup tomorrow.
Remember my market sharks fin melon from Godma? Well Mummy was worried about how viable the seeds were (in the end they were very viable) so she asked phoodietravelogue whose mummy and sisters are sharks fin melon experts to get me some of their seeds. Phoodietravelogue brought the seeds back, all the way from England, and we popped them into some soil.
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They germinated really fast, and their stems were super thick and sturdy. Here is one of the 5 we germinated, after only 5 days!!! Thank you, phoodietravelogue!
PS phoodietravelogue thinks we can market the seeds in fancy packets. We will call ourselves the ChanSharx and label our packets “Exclusive Seeds from the ChanSharx”. Her family name is Chan, you see. Would anyone like some seeds? Or the spare seedling we have (below):
Do you know what a sharks fin melon is? It belongs to the same family as the wintermelon. It is round and has dark green, pale green and cream coloured stripes all over. It looks a bit like a watermelon except that it has more light green than dark green. You can buy it at NTUC in slices. When Mummy cooks it in soup, the flesh comes apart in noodley bits, just like sharks fin.
Anyway we all like it (except Grandpa who says it is tasteless), and I read that it is very easy to grow (in England, anyway) so we decided to grow some. Unfortunately the melons at NTUC are all very young so we did not think the seeds would be viable. Godma said she would ask her market vegetable man for a whole, old melon. Her vegetable man thought she was crazy but agreed to ask his supplier. Eventually he got one for Godma and she brought it over. It was 6kg!!!! We put it in the sun to dry it out a bit and when our neighbours praised us for the melon they thought we grew, Mummy smiled and thanked them but I told them the truth!!!
See the plants? We germinated more but I gave them away (2 died though).
Mummy was convinced that we needed to germinate more wintermelon plants. She thought the other plants would conk off after they bore wintermelons. They have not.
So we had to put the second trough of wintermelon plants on the other side of the house, where they are growing cheerfully into our neighbour’s yard. Oops. Fortunately our neighbour says it’s fine as long as we share the wintermelons!
These are one-month old plants, but just LOOK at what’s on them!
UPDATE: Here are more!
Here are some photos I took today after I hand-pollinated the female flowers. The petals kept falling so I think I’d better do what Curious Gardener said and Leave Them Alone.
Remember my post about whether the bangkwang pods are edible? We tested a few young ones out on Daddy last weekend. He is very fine. But none of us liked the taste much, so we decided to lop them all off except for 2, which we are keeping for their seeds. See?