Flesh is bright red with large grayish-black seed, slightly smaller than the oridinary Black Diamond type. Tough blue-black rind spot where melon touches ground turns yellow when ripe. Vines are rank and vigorous and help prevent sunburn.
Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
This variety has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of certain items like jewelry or furniture.
* This is an estimated guide. Conditions may vary considerably due to location.