Carosello (melon)

The carosello is a landrace variety of muskmelon (Cucumis melo) found in Southern Italy.[1][2] It is common in the Apulia region of Italy.[2][3]

In this image, carosello are the elongated fruits, which are intermingled with round-shaped barattiere.
The fruit of carosello in development


Carosello barese is a rare heirloom variety of carosello.[4] "Barese" means "from Bari", the major port city of Apulia.

Another variety is the Barattiere "Tondo Liscio" (rounded smooth) of Manduria, an Apulian city which was an ancient Messapian settlement.


In Italian cuisine, carosello is used in the same manner as the cucumber.[1][5] It is typically consumed in an immature, unripened state.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Carosello and the taxonomy of Cucumis melo L. especially of its vegetable races". June 1986. DOI: 10.1007/BF02112805
  2. ^ a b c Buttaro, D.; Bonasia, A.; Minuto, A.; Serio, F.; Santamaria, P. (2009). "Effect of silicon in the nutrient solution on the incidence of powdery mildew and quality traits in carosello and barattiere(Cucumis meloL.) grown in a soilless system". The Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology. Informa UK Limited. 84 (3): 300–304. doi:10.1080/14620316.2009.11512521. ISSN 1462-0316.
  3. ^ "Characterization and valorization of two typical vegetables of Apulia region: Carosello and Barattiere [Cucumis melo L.; Apulia]". Colture Protette (Italy). ISSN 0390-0444. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  4. ^ The Illustrated Cook's Book of Ingredients. The Illustrated Cook's Book of Ingredients. DK Publishing. 2010. p. 238. ISBN 978-0-7566-7673-5. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  5. ^ Loebenstein, G.; Lecoq, H. (2012). Viruses and Virus Diseases of Vegetables in the Mediterranean Basin. Advances in Virus Research. Elsevier Science. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-12-394604-1. Retrieved September 22, 2017.

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