Ripe Athena melons seldom crack and their tough rinds make them ideal for shipping. Good shelf life even when harvested ripe. Widely adapted. Fruits avg. 5–6 lb. Harvest at full-slip (when a gentle tug removes the fruit from the vine). Intermediate resistance to Fusarium wilt races 0–2 and powdery mildew. Avg. 15,800 seeds/lb. Packet: 30 seeds.