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Summer Squash ‘Papaya Pear’

The first summer squash with a shape similar to a tropical papaya fruit.  The bright yellow squash  looks like a light bulb with the widest section near the blossom end.  One of the earliest varieties, ‘Papaya Pear’ fruit can be harvested in about 42 days from sowing seed.  For plants that yield squash continuously, pick ‘Papaya Pear’ at a young stage when about 3 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide. ‘Papaya Pear’ has three winning traits.  The unique, pear-shape of this yellow fruit is a quality no other squash can claim.  The plant is very early to harvest.  Lastly, the plant is expectionally productive so gardeners can be assured of a consistent high yield for the growing season.  Unlike many other summer squash, ‘Papaya Pear’  has an excellent delicate flavour and is very tender at the immature stage - about 6 ounces. 

Melon ‘Angel’

An early Mediteranean-type melon, ‘Angel’ has a heavenly flavour.  All melon sugars are scientifically measured as a brix count. ‘Angel’ measured 16% to 19%, which indicates a very sweet flavour.  The 2- to 3-pound melons have a white interior with a crisp texture.  ‘Angel’ helps the gardener know when to harvest.  The lightly netted melon skin turns creamy yellow when mature this is about 60 days from planting  young ‘Angel’ plants in the garden.  ‘Angel’ vines will spread 6 to 7 feet and are resistant to fusarium wilt races 0 and 2.
‘Angel,’ like all  melons, requires bees for pollination.  As the melons mature, the colour will change to creamy yellow.  This is a signal that the melon is ready to harvest.  It should slip easily from the vine when mature, in about 60 days from transplanting.

Sow seed indoors and transplant young plants into the garden before they flower.  Allow plenty of space since the vigorous vines will spread 6 to 7 feet.  ‘Angel’ is easy to grow and will reward gardeners with memorable melons.
Genus species:  Cucumis melo
Common name:  Melon
Fruit size:  2 to 3 pounds
Colour:  Skin turns creamy yellow when mature
Plant type:  Vine
Width:  6 feet to 7 feet
Garden spacing:  6 feet apart
Unique qualities:  Sweet flavour, early Mediterranean-type melon with white flesh
Disease tolerances:  Fusarium Wilt Race 0 and 2
Length of time from sowing seed to harvest:  80 days
Closest comparison(s) on market:  ‘Gallicum,’ ‘Honey Pearl,’ ‘Athena’

 

 If fruit are accidentally left on the plant past the mature stage, they are still quite edible.  Hollow out the large squash, stuff with rice, cheese and herbs.  Bake using the squash as a container for your favourite stuffing.

Be sure to grow ‘Papaya Pear’ in a full-sun garden location for best performance.  The semi-bush habit requires less garden space than other squash varieties.  Plants will grow about three feet tall and four feet wide.
Genus species:  Cucurbita pepo
Common name:  Summer Squash
Fruit size:  3-1/2 inches by 2-3/4 inches, 6 oz.
Plant type:  Semi-bush
Width:  4 feet
Garden spacing:  3 feet to 4 feet apart
Unique qualities:  Fruit shape
Length of time from sowing seed to harvest:  About 40 days

Closest comparison(s) on market:  ‘Multipik,’ ‘Ghada’ and ‘Sunburst’

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