Nunhems plans to launch dual-use watermelon

02/17/2014 10:33:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

click image to zoomPremium watermelon varietyCourtesy NunhemsThe 'Premium' watermelon hybridBoise, Idaho-based Nunhems plans to introduce a new pollenizer watermelon variety that also has attractive fresh-market attributes.

Nunhems is expectetd to unveil the "Premium" dual-use variety at the National Watermelon Association convention, Feb. 19-23, in Savannah, Ga., according to a news release.

The F1 hybrid has smaller edible micro-seeds, is flavorful and has excellent shipability, according to the release.

It has thin, dark stripes, intense red colored flesh, thin rind and is considered early maturing, producing 5- to 7-pound fruit.

Premium already is grown in Europe as both a pollenizer and as a main crop for fresh market.

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