When I began vegetable gardening in Tucson I quickly discovered that I was investing way too much time for what little produce my garden produced. Sure – Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli are nice vegetables, but the amount of maintenance required for the meager reward was not worth the effort. With time and experience I learned which plants required a high amount of maintenance and which plants required very little maintenance. I decided that I would have a mixture of crops that required both large and small demands on my time.
|Carosello Pollisello Cucumber-Melon Blossom|
|I wonder why this flower has not been pollinated yet?|
With this maintenance scheme in mind I have recently decided that my favorite kind of vegetable is the kind that has a lower maintenance in some areas and higher maintenance in other areas. I strive to grow vegetables that require lower maintenance and greater disease resistance and tolerance to environmental conditions while requiring higher maintenance in relation to needing to be harvested. That is really what has drawn me towards the cucumber-melons. For the hot southern states where heat and disease is a real problem, cucumber-melons (including the Carosello) are great.
|Some of the Carosello Fruit I harvested this summer|
|Carosello Polisello harvested for seed|
|Inside of Carosello Fruit|
|Carosello Seed and Pulp|
|Cleaning Seed from Pulp|
|Cleaned Carosello Seed|
|Light colored Carosello|
|The flesh of this Carosello is very similar to honeydew|