Vine Peach, Orange Melon, Mango Melon, Lemon Melon, Apple Melon

Cucumis melo var. chito

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo var. chito



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Blooms repeatedly




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Montgomery, Alabama

Sacramento, California

Snellville, Georgia

Willisburg, Kentucky

Harviell, Missouri

Thornville, Ohio

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Tazewell, Tennessee

Santa Fe, Texas

Buckhannon, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 6, 2013, tropicalSheri from Mezcales, Nayarit,
Mexico wrote:

Two of these little melon/cucumber things took over the 4' x 8' raised bed, the compost cage next to it and smothered the lawn 8 feet out in all directions. The fruits don't taste good to me, so I sent in the goats to clean up. Too scratchy for them. Though one goat likes the very ripe fruit if I pick it and hand it to her. This morning we pulled out all the plants (ouch, go get the gloves), so I finally got curious and looked up what they were! They came as a mistake in a cucumber seed packet I bought last year because I know I didn't buy them, but I tossed the packet and don't remember from which company they were. I'm calling them "neutral" because the bed looked really nice and the neighbors were impressed with how well my "cucumbers" grew. No weeds, (smothered), no bug damag... read more


On Jul 25, 2012, Charlie1950 from Tazewell, TN wrote:

First time growing from seed. It's true this doesn't have much of a taste. After finding information about this peach melon, did read in another find that you can add, rasberries , blackberries, and or strawberries to this fruit and make a jam or jelly out of it. Going to try the strawberries with the peach mellon in a couple of days Haven't found any recipes for this mellon but will use the strawberry recipe I have. Will let you know how it turns out.
By the way some people call this fruit a "plumgranny;. don't know why. It has grown well here in the acidic soil we have here in east Tn.


On Jul 5, 2012, Thebotanyboss from Johnson City, TN wrote:

This plant is excellent. It grew well and very fast. I have noticed this rare heirloom grows best in bright sun. I have also realized that you can water it in shotglasses. One shotglass of water for a seedling, two for when the plant has at least three leaves. With a little care this plant can be a pleasure to garden.


On Feb 7, 2012, petronius_ii from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

I haven't grown this one and probably never will. I am writing this to counter the hysterical rant below from former member "thegrowingbotanist."

By the way, I do NOT think Dave's Garden should delete the rant in question. I think they should let it stand as a sterling example of why you shouldn't believe everything you read on the internet.

Either this person was an internet troll seeking to spread misinformation for the purposes of his own self-amusement, or else was a badly misinformed person who had a genuine allergic reaction to a completely different species. Either way, "thegrowingbotanist" was no botanist.

The other species he mentioned as "crossing" with this melon are mostly in different families, and cannot possibly cr... read more


On Aug 5, 2011, Eloy from Lancaster, PA wrote:

I live in Pennsylvania, and this is my first year growing these from seed. I like the tropical mangoes that grow on trees, so I think that I will probably like these too. The seeds started off rather slowly, and I thought that they might not amount to anything of value, but then after just a few weeks they really took off like wild, very prolific. I can hardly wait to try them after they are ripe. I got the seeds online from Jung seed in WI. The website is, Peach ...

>>After growing and trying it, I was left with a disappointment. it was very bland and not anything to brag about. I'll stick with my h... read more


On Aug 30, 2010, mousepotato66 from Thornville, OH wrote:

I've grown half a dozen of these plants after being given an old packet of seed by my mother-in-law. They grow extremely well... prolific is a very good description! We must have some 50 melons in varying stages of ripeness right now! I'm not particularly fussy on the taste - I'm not sure what I expected, but they're a bit bland with a slight tartness, and there's not much flesh to them as the seeds take a lot of space.

Like everyone else whose comments I've read here and at other sites, it seems difficult to find suitable recipes to use them in - I'd LOVE to find one of the old pickling recipes but might just "have a go" by myself without following a stated recipe. I did just find this site, which has some interesting info and comments...

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On Aug 24, 2010, bsp from Willisburg, KY wrote:

We've used these melons in jelly and butter (as in apple butter) and curd (as in lemon curd). We substituted the melons for some of the crabapples/apples in the recipes; I don't recommend using only the melons, as the flavor is pretty bland on its own. We just started a batch of homemade wine from the melon; I think it might make an interesting white wine.
Our vines were very prolific. If the wine turns out well, we might plant again, but certainly not as many seeds as we did this year!


On Jun 23, 2010, Trooper307 from Montgomery, AL wrote:

I received these Vine Peach seeds as a purchase gift from Burpee. I decided to plant them since I had room and was just curious as to how they would look and taste. WELL... they grew they look great and smell great kind of like an overripe cantaloupe. The only problem is I do not know what to do with them. I have checked all my old food preserving books and nothing mentions vine peach or mango melons? I have cut one open and they are white inside like an overripe cucumber but have a bland taste. I have searched the web for and recipes that include either pickling them as I have read that the Chinese did years ago or finding a way to make some sort of Jelly out of the juice of many vine peaches. but since I cannot find anything on these good smelling fruits I do not feel comfortable p... read more


On Aug 21, 2009, thegrowingbotanist from Snellville, GA wrote:

Vine Peach is a vegetable. Scientist can't provide correct information on this plant because its been cross pollinated several times. It's not of its own kind they say. USA patient is still pending and It's known to cause allergic reaction, anaphylaxis and possible death in some people. They say If you personally are allergic to latex DO NOT TOUCH or attempt to go near this plant. Smelling it alone can cause a reaction because of the cross pollination problem this veg. is linked to potatoes, kiwi's, peanuts, bananas, tomato, apples & pea's, People with allergic reaction to grapes MUST NOT eat this veg. Grass, mugwort, birtch, ragweed pollen are also linked so be advised. Belongs to the gourd family and PH tests were found HIGHLY acidic and is said allergic reaction happen almost immedia... read more


On Jul 11, 2008, donicaben from Ogdensburg, NY wrote:

I'm getting seeds for this as a purchase gift so I haven't had a chance to grow them yet. However, I would like to know...if DG says they don't come true to seed, how are people growing them?! Honestly, this is becoming a pet peeve. They didn't make the seeds in a lab! :-) There are so many "does not come true from seed" that just aren't true here. For a novice like me, I look pretty stupid when I tell people "Oh, that doesn't come true from seed!" just to have a horticulturist tell me otherwise. :-/ So, I would imagine that this does come true from seed. If you buy or receive the seeds as a gift, don't throw them out. :-)


On Jul 2, 2005, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mango melon is in the same group as canteloupe .... it is said to be smaller (mango sized) and taste somewhat different. It is supposed to have a more mangoey flavor and texture. It is said to have naturalized in some parts of north america and I think is native to (north america) here. It so far has proved easy to grow in average garden soil in full sun. I am trellising it. It is supposed to respond well to trellising because the fruits are small and will not snap the (trellised) plant. I'll give a better rating when I harvest the fruits. :)