An Attractive Melon
That these improved canteloupes are of good quality, might have been predicated from inspection of their surfaces. A muskmelon with a closely netted or reticulated surface like this is usually a good one. There appears to be some coordination between the fineness of the network on the surface and the sweetness and juiciness of the flesh. There is no very obvious reason why this should be so, unless, as is probable, horticulturists have found the reticulation attractive, and have selected for this quality.
This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 7 Chapter 2