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Melon

A World of Color and Taste

Melons come in many shapes, colors and sizes. They're rich in vitamins and minerals and serve as a tasty sweet treat that people love to enjoy.

Melons belong to the Cucurbitaceae family – just like cucumbers and pumpkins. Did you know that the ancient Egyptians also grew melons? History indicates that melons traveled from Africa and Asia to Europe during the Bronze Age.

BASF's Vegetable Seeds Business, featuring the Nunhems portfolio, has been breeding melons for more than 30 years and is a leader in the melon seeds business. We have 150 varieties active globally, covering Cantaloup Sutured, Cantaloup Non-Sutured, Italian Cantaloup, Charentais, Galia, Ananas, Piel de Sapo & Honey Dew melons.

Melon breeding programs are currently active in Spain, France, and the United States of America. Our varieties are bred to fit the needs of  different parts of the world and their unique regional requirements. Attractive color, flesh texture, and consistent taste are important contributions to our breeding process. Smaller-sized melons are becoming increasingly more interesting to consumers as they consider convenient and sustainable eating options.

Our Melon Breeding team is closely connected to the entire value chain which enables us to launch innovative concepts that support the industry, increase grower profitability, and develop melons that people love.

Variety Maturity Shape Exterior Appareance Count Flesh Color Disease Tolerance
Sun Delicious F1 Mid-late Round Yellow skin, sutured, netted 9, 12 Deep orange HR Fom 0,1,2
Western Charm  F1 Late Round-Short oval Non sutured, netted 9, 12 Orange HR Fom 0,2 ; IR Px 1,2
7609 F1 Mid-late Oval Non sutured, netted 9, 12 Deep orange HR Fom 0,1,2 ; IR Px 1,2
Durawest  F1 Mid-late Round-Oval Non sutured, netted 6, 9, 12 Orange HR Fom 0,1,2 ; IR Px 1,2
Turan F1 Early-main Oval Non sutured, netted 9, jumbo 9, 12 Orange HR Fom: 0,1; IR Ag; Px 1,2
Mokaya F1 Early-main Round Non sutured, netted 9, jumbo 9, 12 Dark Orange HR Fom: 0,1; IR Ag; Px 1,2
Sushine628 F1 Main-late Round, Oval Non sutured 9, 12 Orange HR Ag; Fom: 0,1; IR Fom: 2; Px 0,1,5
Sense108 F1 Late Round, Oval Golden, non sutured, netted 9, 12 Magenta HR Fom 0,1,2 ; IR Px 1,2, 5
Sense181 F1 Late Round, Oval Golden, non sutured, netted 9, 12 Magenta HR Fom 0,1; IR Px 1,2
Nun26191 F1 Main-late Round Golden, non sutured, netted 9, 12 Magenta HR Fom 0,1; IR Px 1,2
Sunpeek F1 Main Round, Oval Yellow skin, sutured, netted 9, 12 Magenta HR Fom 0,1,2 ; IR Px 1,2, 5
Tanager F1 Early-main Round, Oval Non sutured 9, 12 Orange (dark) HR Ag; Fom: 0,1; IR Px 1,2
Western Jewell F1 Main-late Round, Oval Non sutured, netted 6, 9, 12 Orange HR Fom 0,1,2 ; HR Px 1,2 ; IR Px 5

Variety Maturity Shape Exterior Appearance Count Flesh Color Disease Tolerance
252 HQ F1 MidRound, Oval Round, Oval Smooth, White 5, 6 Light Green HR Fom 0,2 ; IR Px 1
Salgari F1 Early Round, Oval Smooth, White 4, 5, 6 Green HR Fom 0,2 ; IR Px 1,2
Silverwest F1 Early-main Round, Oval Smooth, White 5, 6 Green HR Fom 0,2 ; IR Px 1,2, 5 Ag
Silverbullet F1 Early Oval, Round Smooth, White 4, 5, 6 Light Green HR Fom 0,2 ; IR Px 1,2, Ag
Silverock F1 Mid Short Oval Smooth, White 5, 6 Light Green HR Fom 0,2 ; IR Px 1,2, Ag
Silverbeauty F1 Early-main Round Smooth, White 5, 6 Light Green IR Fom 0,1,2 ; IR Px 1,2,5 

Variety Maturity Shape Exterior Appearance Count Flesh Color Disease Tolerance
Crispy Pear F1 Mid Oval Smooth, Yellow   White HR Fom 0,1 ; IR Px 1,2
Snow560 F1 Early Round Smooth, Yellow 5, 6 White HR Fom 0,2 ; IR Px 1,2, 5
Mayan510 F1 Main-late Oval Dino, Smooth 4, 5, 6 White HR Fom 0,1, 2 ; IR Px 1,2, 5
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