Casaba Melon Seeds – 10 Seed Count
Cucumis melo var inodorus
The Casaba melon is unique in its appearance, thus once identified it is easily recognized. It has an ovoid to round shape that comes to a point at its stem end and averages 5 pounds in weight. When ripe, its skin will be a golden yellow with hints of green throughout. Its thick, hard rind has irregular shallow furrows running from end to end. The creamy pale green to white flesh is mildly sweet with nuances of Asian pear and cucumber. Unlike other muskmelon varieties its aroma is very subtle and its skin is void of the typical netting.
Botanically known as Cucumis melo var inodorus and a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, the Casaba melon is a unique looking variety of muskmelon. It belongs to the winter melon group, which is not an indicator of their growing season, but rather their hardiness and long shelf-life. They require 110 frost-free days to reach harvest, which is more days than required by the summer melons (cantaloupe and watermelon). Other winter melons include, charental, Crenshaw, honeydew, and Persian. Casaba melons are a parent melon along with a cantaloupe variety to the Crenshaw melon. Casaba melons are a good source of vitamin C, B6 and folate. They also supply minerals such as choline, potassium and magnesium.