It's been 3 and 1/2 months since I first transplanted the Winter Melon and Kabocha seedings into the ground (see this blog entry).
Fruits started forming on the plants about 3 weeks ago. By picking the first fruits off of the plants, I encourage the plants to devote their energies to develop more leaves and more flowers, instead of developing a few super large fruits.
There are many more smaller Winter Melons hanging on the vines. These 5 Winter Melon represent the biggest fruits on the plants. The nice thing about Winter Melons this size is that the seeds have not yet formed and are edible. If I wait much longer, I will have to remove the seeds prior to cooking the Winter Melons.
The picture below shows the Winter Melon vines hanging on the trellis I made. The Winter Melon fruit hanging in the middle is the same one I blogged about 2 weeks ago.