|Carosello Massafra Seedling - Late March|
|Cut paper towel roll to protect against cutworms|
In general, melon varieties (C. melo) that are cultivated as cucumbers do well in the heat. While my regular cucumber varieties (C. sativus) wilt during very hot times of the day, my Carosello never do.
|Carosello Massafra - April 11th|
|Another C. Massafra on April 11th|
There is a regular pattern with all the cucumber-melons that I have grown so far, so that I know about when to expect to see both the male and female flowers.
|Trellising Carosello plants on Tomato Cages|
|Carosello Massafra - May 6th|
|The Carosello Massafra produces melon flowers|
|Carosello Massafra cucumbers|
|Carosello Massafra melons around May 20th|
Last Saturday I picked some Massafra fruit for a taste test. One of my children recently tested positive for an allergy to cucumbers and pickles (C. sativus). Luckily he tested negative to an allergy to melons (C. melo), so he was able to help me with my Massafra taste test.
So – how did they taste? My best description is super-juicy on the inside and lightly crispy-crunchy on the outside. The taste was that of any other freshly picked cucumber. In short, it was delicious.
|Morning Munching of Massafra Melons - say that 10 times fast! (=|
Angelo and my other Italian gardening friends at Amicidellortodue will have to forgive me for stealing their idea in some of the photographs that I took of my Carosello Massafra.
Recently, I found a really good page on making a summer salad with this variety and the Massafrese - howbeit the translation for the carosello variety "Barattiere" Google translated as "swindlers". This has to do with the nickname of that variety of carosello which, I am told, has more to do with the personality of the farmer who invented the variety than with the carosello variety itself.
|The Carosello Tondo Massafra|