Kleckley's Sweet Watermelon, also known as the "Monte Cristo Watermelon" was developed by W.A. Kleckley of Alabama in the 1880's. Reportedly, Kleckley developed this watermelon by cross breeding the varieties "Boss" and "Arkansas Traveler". This wonderful 19th century Watermelon variety was first introduced under the name of Kleckley's Sweet Watermelon by W. Atlee Burpee in 1897. Several years later, as was the marketing habit of early seed companies, the Robert Buist Seed Co. released this same variety under the name of Monte Cristo.
This wonderful heirloom watermelon features a a crisp and extremely sweet red interior with a great degree of sweet juice that is intermingled with large white seeds. The melon itself features a dark green, oblong shaped rind and weighs from 25 to 40 pounds at maturity.
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