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Bateekh Samara Melon (25 seeds) (OML142) $3.00

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Bateekh Samara Melon

         
 
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95 days. Oblong fruits are brownish-green and netted outside, lime green within. In our trials the flavor was an unusual, a very delicious, sweet-tart combination with a distinct citrus taste. The name simply means “old melon from Samarra,” which is a city in northern Iraq. Original seed was furnished by our friend, Iraqi seed collector Nael Aziz, who writes that this variety is known to have been grown in the Abbasid Period over one thousand years ago! Endangered due to war and America’s aggressive promotion of patented seeds in Iraq.
 
Bateekh Samara Melon
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 7
Easy to Grow 2.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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3 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Gene
Location:
Riverton, UT, United States
Date:
January 12, 2018
          1.0
 
Horrible taste.
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Produces heavy

What are the cons? The taste is horrid

Review:

I've grown (and tasted) over 50 different varieties of melons. Some I like, some I don't. Most have at least an "acceptable" taste even if they're not rock stars. There are a select few though (I can count them on one hand) that are so bad that I just tear them out and feed them to the chickens. This is on that list. I tried several and I'm pretty sure I was catching it when it was ripe. I'm not sure how to describe the taste, but it's not even slightly sweet, definitely bland, also actually bad. The taste is both weak and undesirable. I fight mice and voles in my garden a lot as they love my melons. They didn't touch this either. I know from firsthand experience that soil does have a huge impact on taste, and if that's the case here, whatever it is this thing wants isn't what my other melons need to taste great. It does produce quite heavily.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Pawpawnian
Location:
nordrheinwestfalen, Germany
Date:
January 12, 2018
          5.0
 
What a special melon
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? unique citrus, intense taste

What are the cons? Plant is a bit sensitiv

Review:

Very special one. Extremely tasty but (!) not very sweet. You need some sugar on it or combine with other fruits, if you serve it to kids. The first fruit was huge: 3,8 kg!!! Afterward came regular size around 800 g. I was surprise by its taste. Different from all other melons. Spicy.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

12 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Smitty
Location:
Raleigh, NC, United States
Date:
November 1, 2015
          5.0
 
Stealthy but tasty
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Sweet, floral aroma and taste

What are the cons? inconsistent

Review:

2015 was the second season of growing these. In 2014 I got no fruit at all, though the vines flowered like it was going out of style. This year, in a much messier and busier garden, I all but forgot about them (I had four other melon varieties this year). They were not the fastest growing plants and were the last of the five varieties to produce a melon; in fact I'd forgotten they were even out there until I was rooting around one day looking for cucumbers and there was a perfect green Bateekh hiding out under the leaf cover. Turns out the vines like climbing, though the melons will get pretty big so you'd need some extra support for them. Hard to tell when it was ripe: I picked the first one too early--not much flavor, but what a heady aroma! Second one I let go until the skin lost its bright green color (the picture above is good) and it was very tasty, second best melon this year: not overly sweet, just a very nice flavor. Will grow again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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10 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
chattanookee
Location:
SE Tennessee, TN, United States
Date:
April 26, 2015
          5.0
 
Loves SE soil
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Fast Germination

What are the cons? don't know yet

Review:

Was very surprised. Of all the different melons and watermelons I'd direct seeded into my clay soil, this is the one that came up in less than 10 days One came up, then a few days later 3 more. Four out of four seeds in the one hill came up. Hopefully, it will continue to grow and as the hot months approach, will give a somewhat familiar environment. Will edit review after its development, *fingers crossed*

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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11 out of 32 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Supernova
Location:
London, DE
Date:
October 29, 2014
          5.0
 
Babylonian culinary recipes
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? 10

What are the cons? 0

Review:

A culinary recipe (cookbook) from Babylon 4000 years ago: http://www.sbl-site.org/publications/article.aspx?ArticleId=703

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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