Information About Kajari Melons

By Teo Spengler | December 29, 2016
by Teo Spengler
December 29, 2016

Kajari melons are so lovely that you might have trouble cutting into them. This heirloom melon is an eye catcher, with its dark green stripes barred by light green evolving into persimmon as the melon ripens. If you do decide to slice it open, you’ll find pale green or peach colored flesh with a light, sweet taste like honeydew. Read on for more information about kajari melons.

Kajari Melon History

Kajari melons come from India, and are believed to have originated in the Punjab region. Nobody from this country had seen them or were able to find seeds. It became a decade long quest of Joseph Simcox, botanical explorer and world food plant ecologist. Simcox traverses the globe to find little known foods and preserve varieties of vegetables and fruits by collecting their seeds.

Simox got word of a beautiful melon in central India, a large, round melon with orange-red, yellowish green and dark green stripes. The melon was said to have pale green flesh. Nobody could give him any tips on how to locate it. Finally, in 2014, he personally went to Delhi, India and met a man who knew quite a lot about melons. That man provided Simox directions to another melon man who was a seed dealer and Simox finally got his hands on a very small amount of kajari seeds.

Melissa Loper, via GKH Scavenger Hunt

He shipped these back to the United States where trials began with the seeds. The melon plants did very well in the grow-outs, producing beautiful 3-pound fruit with gorgeous striping and delicious flesh similar to honeydews.

The seeds are currently available in small quantities in commerce. They are offered through Baker Seed Heirloom Seed Company.

Growing Kajari Melons

If you are interested in growing kajari melons or heirloom melon growing in general, you’ll need to be in a region with sultry hot summer nights for at least a month or two to allow the melons to ripen.

You’ll also need to mix sand into your soil to keep it as hot as possible, and to choose the site with the most sun in your garden.

Plant seeds in springtime after all danger of frost has passed. Sow seeds in small groups of three or four spaced a yard or more apart. Kajari melons take about 70 days from germination to harvest.

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    Comment added October 2, 2022Reply

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  • Freda Sims
    Comment added July 7, 2022Reply

    Something is eating the leaves of my Kajari melon plants. Leaves are all gnarled up. What should I use?
    The Kajari are planted in hay bales.

  • Marla
    Comment added February 7, 2021Reply

    If I planted Kajari melons next to Luffa gourds would they cross pollinate?

    • jfae
      Comment added July 16, 2021Reply

      No, they are not the same, they will not cross pollinate.

  • Titus Tschetter
    Comment added October 12, 2020Reply

    I live in Southern Alberta and I planted them late to see if they would grow. Probably late June. Maybe even July and they grew great! I pruned them so it focused on four melons. But the melons didn't have time to ripen as we got a big frost coming Oct 14. I wonder if they would ripen off the vine ?

    • Louise Shotton
      Comment added April 19, 2021Reply

      Would you be living where I live in Calgary? I would like to know how you pruned your kajari plant. I have one plant from germination and it's time next month to transplant

  • Jamie Burnside
    Comment added August 9, 2020Reply

    I planted 3 seeds Spring 2020, indoors. Transplanted into my garden with plans to grow them vertically up a trellis. One vine burned out . Second vine is growing well but rabbits ate part of it. Third vine is vigorously climbing the trellis and has dozens of flowers on it. The vine has climbed about 4 feet so far and has three branches. Three gorgeous melons are growing on vine #3. With promises of more!

  • Cally
    Comment added April 28, 2020Reply

    Can you cure kajari melons for longer storage?

  • bornali
    Comment added April 15, 2020Reply

    this lady grows some in USA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXOX1nzCnaQ

  • Lilian Walters
    Comment added February 20, 2020Reply

    Can I please have their botanical name.

  • Brooke
    Comment added March 18, 2018Reply

    Could this be grown in a cold frame or greenhouse?

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