Justin Tadlock

Big Papa Yellow

I’m unofficially naming this strain of watermelon the “Big Papa Yellow” after my grandfather. He gave me these giant-producing watermelon seeds this year that he’s been saving over time.

Since this was the biggest watermelon I’ve grown this year, I decided it was only right that I let my Papa and Granny get a taste of this one. Of course, we had enough for the entire family and then some. Not only did we have some good eatin’, I saved about 200 seeds for next year and got 2.5 gallons worth of rind to make watermelon rind preserves.

Please ignore the unshaven, unkempt me in the photo above and focus on the size of the melon. When I get to looking that scruffy, it means I’ve been working a lot.