15 Seeds

Cultivation: easy

Seed Saving: expert



Navajo Winter Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)

  • Navajo Winter Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus): in Italy sometimes we call  it “Zucca Cedrina” (Cucurbita Citrullus) “winter watermelon” due to the conservation and not the period of cultivation; in this case we do mean the real watermelon (Citrullus lanatus), the most resistant to low temperatures of the species.

    It is in fact possible in almost all Italian regions to make two harvests to a year, also due to the particular precocity. It is also suitable for cultivation at altitude, where growing other watermelons is very difficult without the help of a greenhouse. It is also particularly tolerant to water stress situations (periods of non-irrigation) and to the common Phyto pathologies of watermelons.

    The crust often allows for a long conservation, inside,  the pink pulp it is sweet and crunchy. The plant is not excessively vigorous and not too demanding of the soil.

  • Native Americans of Abruzzo.

    In 2017 an enthusiast contacted us saying that he recognized the watermelon that his family cultivated until the 1960’s in the surroundings of Opi, in Abruzzo, at about a thousand mt above sea level.

    The family was the only one who managed to grow watermelons at the prohibitive temperatures of the mountain, he told us how in his memories they were not very sweet (probably due to the climate and soil conditions) and he also remember his grandmother’s pride for this wonder.

    From this episode we began a research that led us to identify contamination, probably from the 1900’s, between the territory of the South East of the USA, in the territories of the natives and an area between Lazio and Abruzzo. In addition to the Navajo watermelon, in fact, they have reported two types of beans.

    A Vulgaris and a Coccineus, the latter still in cultivation: it will also allow us a genetic comparison with the samples requested from an association of Native Americans, or, indigenous Amerindians who will arrive shortly and that we plan to analyze for Christmas.