Seed Saving: intermediate
Rounded Carosello from Manduria (Cucumis melo)
Rounded Carosello from Manduria (Cucumis melo): also called “meloncino” or “meloncella” (as the Carosello Leccese), this Apulian specialty is a melon and should be eaten when it is still not ripe, like cucumbers.
Its cultivation is simple, the plant can be grown both, on a vertical support or on the ground, but it is sensitive to mildew, so we recommend, if possible, to cultivate it with climbing support (net) and to trim the leaves so the plant has enough air and this way avoid the accumulation of humidity. This is a very vigorous variety.
Caroselli should be consumed when still immature, but in order to get the seeds, some (the ones from the most productive plants) should be allowed to fully mature. The Round from Manduria is one of the closest in flavour to real melon, it is fragrant and sweet, like a melon and holds he freshness of a cucumber. Typical local variety to save.