A few months ago, Gary Powell asked me if I had ever seen a plumgranny. I said “Not only have I never seen one, I’ve never even heard of one!” Gary was nice enough to send me two.
Our mailbox is a ways from the house so we don’t check it unless we’re going out or coming in. When Gary’s gift arrived it sat in the mailbox for a day or so. Even though the plumgrannys were sealed in a box when I opened the mailbox I could smell them and oh they smelled so good!
Cucumis melo var. dudaim-better known as Plumgrannys belong to the melon family. As I Googled around I found varying opinions on whether the small melon is edible. However all sources were in agreement that plumgrannys blow the top off the smell meter, yet barely raise the meter when it comes to taste.
Other common names for plumgrannys: pomegranate, ornamental pomegranate, tigger melon, vegetable peach, apple melon, and perhaps most famously Queen Anne’s Pocket Melon (she supposedly carried one in her pocket to ensure she smelled like a Queen).
Plumgrannys grow on a cucumber like vine and will grow well on a trellis or you can simply let the vine roam across the ground where it will.
The best thing about Gary’s gift, well other than having my kitchen smell heavenly for over a week, is that now I have my own plumgranny seeds and I can’t wait to see how many I can grow next summer.
This post was originally published here on the Blind Pig in November of 2011.