Dudaim Melon, Apple Melon, Queen Anne's Pocket Melon, Vine Pomegranate, Plum Granny, Wild Muskmelon

Cucumis melo var. dudaim

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo var. dudaim
Synonym:Cucumis odoratissimus
Synonym:Cucumis dudaim var. aegyptiacus
Synonym:Cucumis aromaticus



Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Florence, Alabama

Gravette, Arkansas

Clearlake, California

Pensacola, Florida

Cumming, Georgia(2 reports)

Barbourville, Kentucky

Dayton, Kentucky

Kenner, Louisiana

Leesville, Louisiana

Aurora, Missouri

Taberg, New York

Newark, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Pennsburg, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Dickson, Tennessee

Westmoreland, Tennessee

Elmendorf, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Marinette, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 20, 2016, K_Mcsunshine from Elmendorf, TX wrote:

I believe this is the plant I found growing by a river. We gathered a giant basket of them and even though I don't find them to have a particularly strong smell or much at all really, they have lasted for at least a few months. We thought it was a squash with a slightly tough skin that requires longer cooking time, seeds that never completely soften but are still edible, and kind and a tart nearly flavorless taste. They go very well mixed with other vegetables but not as well with some meats on their own. I prefer to cook them with pork because in my opinion it works well that they are not sweet. Sweet squash with pork can be too sweet, but these compliment it. They go particularly well with tomatoes. I wish I could provide a photo just to be sure we're referring to the same plant.


On Oct 3, 2015, greenman62 from Kenner, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

saw hundreds of these growing wild
on undeveloped property
outside New Orleans
light pleasant scent, but bland.


On Aug 2, 2011, grandmary38 from Florence, AL wrote:

We planted pocket melon seed saved last year. A friend gave me a melon,(he called it a pomegranate) and I was intrigued by the fragrance. It was new to me, but I've found that many others had them growing up.
We have a bumper crop from 5 prolific plants, and we give them away to anyone who wants one.
It's not flavorful to eat, but is interesting to have in the garden or on a trellis just for the lovely fragrance.


On Apr 13, 2009, dabneyrose from Greensboro, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I ordered seed when I read they were 'very aromatic' and when it riped, sitting around, it perfumed my whole kitchen. Being a flower/frangrance distiller, I threw it in the still pot and distilled it. Now I have the fragrance as a liquid hydrosol I can drink or spray on my skin. :)


On Mar 18, 2009, eastpiney2000 from Nashville, TN wrote:

I grew these 50+ years ago in Dickson, TN where they were called pomegranites. They taste OK when you put a little lemon juice on them.


On Mar 4, 2008, bekados from Pensacola, FL wrote:

I remember this plant growing wild behind my parents' house when I was a child. Twenty years later, not a scrap of it can be found. I didn't know what it was and always imagined it to be a miniature watermelon. What a great addition to a child's or fairy garden!


On Aug 11, 2005, gardenwife from Newark, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've been told it is nasty-tasting, so its value comes from the scent. When mine ripens, I'll be brave and try a bite. Stay tuned!

Update 10/6/2006: I tasted it, but was unimpressed. It's really pretty bland, nothing I'd grow for consumption. For me, it was a novelty and I didn't end up growing it again this season.


On Jun 14, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Considered a weed and competitor to cultivated melons by commercial growers, this plant's fragrant fruit were carried in past times in ladies' pockets to provide a pleasing scent.