Melon, Arancino (Organic)
Cucumis melo. 80 days.
A highly fragrant and delicious Italian cantaloupe variety originally from Sicily. Fruit grow to about 6-8″ across, weighing 2-4 lbs. Beautifully netted, slightly ridged, with bright orange flesh (arancino means ‘orange’ in Italian). Relatively firm texture, ease of identifying ripeness, great color and size make this melon very well suited to market farm production. Definitely on our list of excellent melons! Try making prosciutto e melone by wrapping chunks of Arancino with thinly sliced Italian ham. Yum!
Sow indoors in 2-4” pots with good potting soil mid-May through mid-June. Transplant into the garden with 2’ centers one week after sprouting. May also be direct sown when soil is warm. Melons are frost-sensitive and benefit from row cover. Protect from birds while sprouting and from insects when plants are young.
To save seed, scoop out seeds when you eat the fruit. Rinse off and dry seeds. For seed purity, isolate from other C. melo by ½ mile.