A roundabout way of learning about caroselli

by Luigi Guarino on July 4, 2017

Another despatch just in from our correspondent in Puglia, last seen checking out the olive plague. This time she sends us pictures of something called “cumazzi,” which is a new one on me.

They are not cucumbers exactly. Easy to digest and sweeter than cucumbers. Really crunchy and refreshing.

It turns out they are the immature fruits of a vegetable race of the melon, Cucumis melo, probably in the “adzhur group.” They go by a long list of names, but they seem to be restricted to Puglia (the heel of Italy), where they come in all shapes and sizes.

‘Carosello’ and ‘Barattiere’: Italian landraces of Cucumis melo whose fruits are eaten unripe. By Angelo Signore (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

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