Montreal Market Melon (Cucumis melo) A long standing variety with early origins to the St. Anne’s Market in Montreal dating back to the 1870’s. Also known as the Nutmeg melon, W. A. Burpee discovered this melon in Montreal and listed it in his 1880 catalogue. It is believed that French settlers brought the melon from southern France in the mid 1800’s. We have grown the round Decarie strain which isthe large, round, flavourful variety that made this melon so famous. The Gorman Family Strain which also comes from the West Mount area of Montreal, is more oblong in shape. Montreal melon became known as the top go-to muskmelon with exceptional taste and shipping ability. It remained popular for decades until the 1940’s where it began to disappear as melon farms of the Montreal area were soon engulfed by urban sprawl. It was thought to be extinct until a few very old seeds were found in the U.S. Department of Agriculture seed bank in 1995. From these few seeds the Montreal Market Melon was saved and back in circulation by the late 1990’s. We have grown these Montreal Market melons up to 11 lbs. here under ideal conditions. Expect an average of 5-8 lbs lbs. withthese prolific green-fleshed melons.