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Bidwell Casaba Melon
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Bidwell Casaba Melon (25-50 seeds) (AML147) $2.75

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Bidwell Casaba Melon

         
 
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95 days. This melon was grown by General John Bidwell, who received his seed stock from the USDA in 1869. He was a soldier in the Civil War and also became a US senator. He grew this melon in Chico, California. It produces massive fruits that weigh about 16 lbs each and are football-shaped. The orange flesh is sweet and creamy. Dr. Amy Goldman says "tastes like heavenly orange sherbet," in her book Melons for the Passionate Grower.
 
Bidwell Casaba Melon
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 7
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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26 out of 27 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Heirloom Gardens
Location:
Sacramento, CA
Date:
January 1, 2015
          4.0
 
Prolific Producer Yummy
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Delicious!

What are the cons? Huge

Review:

We grew these huge watermelon-size melons here in the Sacramento Valley. It tolerated the extra-hot summer (110 degrees afternoons) and in fact seemed to enjoy the heat. We got a very heavy crop. Our family could eat a half a melon for an afternoon snack. The negative was its huge size, because typical roadside stand buyers wanted only enough for one or two people, not much more! So we started selling them by the halves or quarters. One lady bought a whole one to take to a party, and later someone who had been at the party stopped in with us to buy one because he had to have more of it! Make sure you pick it before it is overripe, because the texture is best when on the crisp side, not mushy. They are ripe when the skin begins to yellow and soften just a bit, but should still have some dark green in the "ditches" when you pick it. Also if the stem is starting to soften, high time to pick it. They go bad pretty quickly in the heat.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

9 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
El Rancho
Date:
October 7, 2012
          4.0
 
Amazing Melon
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

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We let one of these field ripen earlier this summer. It's huge with a very delicate flavor, smells like vanilla ice cream.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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6 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
WaltLegits
Date:
August 25, 2012
          5.0
 
Great Flavor
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

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We planted these casaba melons with high hopes and were not dissapointed! The first two we harvested were 22 lbs each. The we're planted in rabbit manure and required very little care. Watch closely because the ripen very quickly from one day to the next. There is one large melon stilll not ripe yet, but it could be 25 to 28lbs!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
enilniah
Date:
October 9, 2011
          5.0
 
great melon
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

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planted this one for the first time here in midwestern Oh we got a late start and it didnt look as if they would ripen, but they did and they are really a great melon, planning on planting more next year, our first melon weighed exactly 16 lbs was very juicy and had a great flavor.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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5 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Central Valley CA
Date:
August 13, 2011
          5.0
 
Earlier than I thought it would be
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

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We had a cool spring and then a hot summer this year. This first melon ripened just a few days after the "early" hybrid Crenshaw 'Lilly', and before the traditional Crenshaw sold here. I took it to the grocery store to weigh it: 14 pounds. Sweet, juicy, tender, thick flesh. Not as much flavor as the best Crenshaw melons, but it could have had a little too much water just before it ripened. The plants are healthier than those of traditional Crenshaw in my garden this year, though I have successfully grown Crenshaw in the past. I also have my own hybrid between Bidwell Casaba and 'Small Persian' still ripening. It's a large melon, prettier than Bidwell Casaba on the outside. Will have to evaluate taste when it ripens.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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