(85-90 days) The fruit weighs 5 to 6 pounds, and it’s mostly flesh – the seed cavity is small and the rind reasonably thin, with heavy netting and a slight ribbed shape. (The melons reach 7 inches long and about 6 inches in diameter.) The flesh is simply delicious – strongly scented, very juicy, yet with a solid melon “bite” that fills you up nicely. Hale’s Best arises on strong, vining plants that can spread 5 feet wide and reach about a foot tall. Drought-resistant and powdery mildew-resistant, the fruit matures in the hottest summer weather, just when a chilled melon is so refreshing!