Friday, January 31, 2020

The Scopattizo Barese

When growing out the a seed packet Carosello Spuredda Leccese cucumber-melon what I expected was something that was either dark or something with stripes. What I did not expect was to grow something that was between light and dark. The Carosello Scopattizo Barese is the equivalent of a middle-of-the-road carosello – at least in color. This carosello has some light with little dark spots at every pore, making the whole fruit (or at least everywhere but the furrows) appear an emerald green color.

The Scopattizo Barese

July 26th, 2018 Scopattizo vine is near the top left.

August 23rd

August 30th

 The flavor of this variety is much like other carosello. The water content is a little lower than some, but higher than something like a Medium Long of Polignano or Medium Long of Barese. There is definitely some sweetness to it. However, what I really like about many of the carosello is the color. I know that the color does not dramatically change what the flavor is, but to me it makes a difference.

September 8th

October 22nd, 2018

One of the interesting things about growing carosello is to see the difference in the mature fruit color seed color from one variety to another. Some seeds and fruit are light inside and some, like the Carosello Scapattizo Barese have orange color in them as well as darker seeds. Though I previously found that many off-type carosello that I grew in the past would produce lighter fruit, it seems that – as of late – I have been coming across the Scopattizo Barese much more often. Sadly, it seems that many seed retailers put whatever carosello seed they find into seed packets without regard to what the seed will really grow.

Carosello Scopatizzo Sementi (or seed)


  1. Hi Jay,

    Great post! As you may know, other than Carosello Polisello, I planted Carosello Scopattizo Barese as well. I was so enamored with the color, that I imagined calling it 'Emerald'. I have experienced orange color near the seeds of older fruits that I've harvested as well. It's too bad that people mislabel seeds but I don't think most people know what cucumber melons even are.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Nathan.

      Honestly, I try to grow all my seed myself - but I do source some from Italy. The seed I do source from Italy I do grow beforehand to make sure it is the right variety.

      I completely agree that it is too bad that most people don't know what cucumber-melons are.


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