PICK OF THE CROP

NZ Gardener - - 2018 Gardener Of The Year -

With a 100 per cent ger­mi­na­tion rate and 3-5 ripe fruit per vine, the small, round, French can­teloupe ‘Charentais’ has proved a re­li­able cropper here in Hunua and in my former city gar­den. When fully ripe, you can smell their fruity aroma, mak­ing it easy to know when to har­vest them. The smooth grey rind deep­ens to yel­low and the flesh is dark orange and rich in flavour.

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