Never heard of them, so I bought one, especially since the price was good.
The clerk asked if it was a black watermelon and said "I've been working here for over 20 years and they have only sold them one other time in all those years"
Here's a photo and a description
Here's a story about a black watermelon that sold for $61 at auction in Japan.
So $2.98 is a steal ... though in the US they sell usually for about $5-$7 ... still a deal.
As this story indicates it may or may not be the same as the auction melon. The writer bought the melon at Raley's as well, so it is probably the same variety as the one I bought.
"There are over 1200 varieties of watermelon. So-called black watermelons are usually very dark green and lack the typical light stripes. The variety I bought is called Imagination. A variety called moon and stars has been grown in the US since 1926. It has yellow dots and occasional larger disks, hence “moon and stars,” on dark skin. Park Seed Company sells seeds for the Watermelon Everglade Hybrid, a seedless variety they refer to as a Bowling Ball. The “Black Diamond ... is fairly common, but it’s more obviously dark green rather than black. "
The story goes on to describe the taste which was " much superior to an ordinary seedless melon."
Hope it is as good as the moon and stars which is probably my favorite watermelon.
I haven't tried it yet and won't get to it till next week as I have a lot of various types of other melons that are getting ripe. I bought this in the El Sobrante Raleys.
3360 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803