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The Plum Granny a Mini Melon Air Freshner

Say Hello to the Plum Granny, at least that is what it is called here in East TN. I was just introduced a couple of weeks ago and I would love to know if any of you have any stories about this little melon.....
The Plum Granny or Queen Anne Pocket Melon are two of it’s most recent names. This melon is not vintage it is thought to be ancient and has many names throughout the ages. It would have disappeared completely had someone not saved a few seeds by accident.
Imagine if you live in a time where you could not bath everyday and had to wear a lot of heavy undergarments and long dresses and you came across this little compact melon that smelled ever so good.
What would you do with it? The ladies of the Victorian era would carry them around in their pockets. Can you imagine carrying around a melon as a portable air freshener like we carry our little Bath and Body Works spray and lotion. Bless their hearts!
You might be wondering where I got this Plum Granny. Well, I started talking to a co-worker about my heirloom tomato seeds and offered to gift him some so he brought me this. He didn’t know a lot about them except that they were very pretty in the garden and that long ago people put them in the corners of their homes because of their fragrance. He said they were not for eating. Some say they are although very bland in taste. So who knows? I was afraid to try…
I can just picture Cora admiring a bowl full of these on the table at Downton Abbey and saying, ” Ahh Mr. Carson, they just smell delightful this year, be sure and save some for the downstairs staff to enjoy.”
I really hope that this little cutie comes back into fashion! I know I will do my part!

To see more: http://chaoticallycreative.com/2014/09/the-plum-granny/

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Sep 15, 2014

    Wow what interesting facts! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Chris aka monkey
    Chris aka monkey Mount Pleasant, TN
    on Sep 15, 2014

    wow such a great story and i am glad you are saving them, maybe after next season i could get some seeds xx

  • Jackie Nichols
    Jackie Nichols Walls, MS
    on Sep 16, 2014

    Love this

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Sep 16, 2014

    Thanks for introducing us to this Appalachian heirloom melon. For those looking for seeds, I did a quick online search and found several sources.

  • Vanessa Dickerson
    Vanessa Dickerson Livermore, KY
    on Sep 16, 2014

    Would love some seeds!

    • Rue DeDay
      Rue DeDay La Mirada, CA
      on Sep 16, 2014

      Seeds are sold from many sources online.. even amazon.. also called queen anne melons

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