The Valencia Melon is also known as the winter melon because you can pick it in the fall and bring it inside; by January, you can have a fresh melon. This Heirloom melon dates back to the early 1800s and originally comes from the Spain area. The outer rind is a darker green and the flesh is a lighter green. Sort of an oval shape, you will average a 3 to 4 pounder. This is a good melon choice for the northern tier of the country because you can ripen indoors. Happy growing!!!