Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Trialing the Zorzi Carosello Spuredda Leccese

Of all the varieties I grew in my greenhouse this summer, the Zorzi Carosello Spuredda Leccese was my favorite. It started out very healthy and strong and was quick to set fruit and produce abundantly. I harvested the first small fruit on May 9th, just to try it out.

May 14th

Plant sprouting March 19th, 2019

April 1st, 2019

All true leaves showing. Some problem in the left plants

Additional compost/ammendments helped the plants recover - April 11th.

Although many other carosello cucumbers turn out to be completely different then the picture, this one held pretty close to what the picture displayed. However, the picture has a photograph of three cucumbers that look the same – which is very different from what I experienced. Though fruit shape was generally cylindrical, fruit color varied dramatically from one cucumber to another – even on the same plant. Although I can select cucumber varieties by growing out like cucumbers on one plant, the genetics of color become much more difficult to reproduce when the plant produces cucumbers that each look a little different. Though I was hand pollinating the plant by selfing (pollinating the female flower from male flowers on the same plant) I was unable to get much consistency in color until my second planting.

April 27th, 2019

April 29th

April 30th

May 1st

May 2nd

May 4th

May 6th, with flash

Without flash

May 8th

May 9th

May 9th

May 13th

Removing fuzz to check color underneath

May 21st

By the time of the second crop, the Zorzi carosello had a fruit color that looked more like a mix of Scopattizo and dark Leccese. A little pretty, but not exactly what I was looking for. Texture was decent, as was water content. The seed of this variety is not narrow like the native dark Leccese. It was however darker in color like the Scopattizo Barese, so the parent plants that the seed originated from may be more closely related to this variety.

July 20th, 2019

September 18th, 2019

So - will this carosello be making my future seed lineup? 

Don't plan on it any time soon.

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