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!
Chaotically Creative Co.
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
  3 questions
  • Rachelle Rachelle on Mar 13, 2019

    Where can I get that fruit? Is it called...plum granny? Any other names?

  • Mel Mel on Mar 13, 2021

    Am I missing something? Enjoyable article but... Is there a project involved besides trying to locate a mini melon?

  • Ginger Ginger on Dec 09, 2021

    How is this a tutorial for a camp site? Where can you find this fruit?

Join the conversation
2 of 69 comments
  • Sheila Sheila on Apr 19, 2021

    So unique! Thanks for some great information! I'm thinking they'd be great to use in arrangements or just for decorating!

  • Carol Carol on Aug 18, 2021

    My Grandmother used to grow these for me when I was a kid in the 60s. I loved the smell. Haven't thought about them in years. She grew them for a few years but eventually lost the seed in a bad growing year. Thanks for the memories.