Brilliant Honeydew Melon is the preferred variety of growers in Bulacan. It is one of the varieties planted by the 89th batch of trainees under the Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan program of SM Foundation in Brgy. Kaypi-an, San Jose Del Monte City in Bulacan. Harvesting was done in the morning of May 28, 2015.
According to Toto Barcelona of Harbest Agribusiness which distributes the seeds, Brilliant produces fruits that are 2 to 3 kilos each. The fruits are bigger than most other honeydew melons in the market. It is thick-fleshed, juicy and sweet. The fruits can be harvested in 75 days after transplanting.
This variety from Known You Seed Company can be grown in both wet and dry seasons. The vines have to be trellised, however, during the rainy season. And one fruit is allowed to develop per vine. During the dry months, the vines can be allowed to crawl on the ground. Two fruits per vine might be allowed to develop and mature. The variety is also observed to be resistant to diseases.
Honeydew is a high-priced fruit. In supermarkets, it sells for more than a hundred pesos per kilo.