It's a very tasty melon, in my opinion: When ripe, very sweet (~14 brix) with a honeyed flavor; one of my favorites. The difficulty with it is that has a very long growing season (circa 115 days). Some growers report starting it with other melons and letting the vines coast into Fall, but I have not had luck with that approach--my vines lose vigor, the bugs take over, and the melons do not ripen up as I'd like. Some commercial growers in the Central Valley of California go the other route, starting them in February to harvest with main crop melons. I have been skeptical that I would have the early-season heat at my location for that approach and haven't tried it yet . . . hence the question--how have others grown these things well??
A little more description from one seed vendor.