Raspa has been the clear winner in our garden this summer. Its pink flesh has the best flavor of any red watermelon I’ve eaten. Of course, our OrangeGlo and Gold Strike have been delicious, but I had trouble picking the OrangeGlo at just the right time. The first was underripe. 10 days later, the second was overripe. The third was perfect. The fourth was overripe. The fifth was underripe.
We’ve picked probably 6-7 Raspas this year, and they have all been flat-out outstanding, so I’ll plant a lot of these next year. Here’s a shot of my son proudly using my pocket knife to cut one from the vine about 3 days ago.
As an aside, as we were hauling this melon and two others in, my son looked at the knife wistfully and said, “Dad, this knife is the perfect size for me!” – a subtle hint, no less.