The Country Diary of a GenX Woman

Afghan Melons

20140227_100145I spent a couple of days picking the afghan melons from the new oat paddock.  They are actually a wild relative of the watermelon and share the same name, Citrullus lanatus, but are bitter and unpalatable.    Their one and only benefit is that they grow over summer and can stabilise areas prone to wind erosion.  Some of the “arms” of the vines I pulled up were over 3 metres long.  Interestingly the stems and leaves smell exactly like peanut butter when you crush them.


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