As may be inferred from previous posts, I love cucumber-melons. Melon plants grow incredibly well (and fast) in Tucson's warm climate. My melon plants tend to grow slowly during the cool temperatures but really tend to take off when the thermometer exceeds 95 degrees Fahrenheit. One cucumber-melon (Carosello) variety I have grown recently is called Carosello Polisello.
|Polisello Early April|
|Carosello Polisello Mid April|
|Carosello Polisello Late April|
The Carosello cucumbers from Italy have many different characteristics that make them interesting, beautiful, and tasty. Though my family does not care to eat everything that comes out of my garden, they are happy to eat the carosello fruit I grow.
|Carosello developing fruit in Early May|
|Another Polisello plant in Early May|
|Carosello Polisello plants in early June|
The Polisello is a light-colored cucumber with dark splotching along the length of the fruit. Though I grew both longer and shorter types I will be saving the shorter fruit that is more true to the variety, for seed.
|Carosello Beginning to fruit|
|Carosello Polisello is quite tasty.|
|It is very fun to design arrangements with this variety!|
|Carosello Polisello slices ready to eat!|
|Polisello fruit ready to harvest|
|Harvested fruit of Carosello Polisello|
|Yet another Harvested Polisello fruit|
In the future I hope to see more cucumber-melon varieties become available to the public.