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Carosello Cucumber Growing Tips

Carosello Cucumber

The Carosello cucumber has to be one of the most delicious fruits or vegetables I’ve eaten.

Cucumbers are somewhat of an acquired taste and you either love them or hate them. If you are one of those still not sure, then get yourself a Carosello cucumber and try it.

I’m tipping you won’t be disappointed.

My parents are Italian immigrants who brought their vast gardening knowledge with the. Cucumbers were a big part of their diet.

They love to mix cucumber and tomato pieces together in a bowl sprinkled with olive oil and a little salt. I loved it. But the taste was somehow multiplied when they used Carosello cucumbers.

So what are Carosellos and how do you grow them. In this article we’ll explain what they are and if you have an inkling to grow some in your yard, then read on.

Pros Of Growing A Carosello Cucumber Crop?

Pros Of Growing A Carosello Cucumber CropWithout a doubt, the Carosello cucumber is one of the more productive species of produce in the garden.

They are extremely “virile and productive”. It’s not unusual to see three or more Carosellos growing from one vine. They really do pump out fruit when they get the right conditions.

And the hotter it is, the better they like it.

But is a Carosello really a cucumber? Well, I’m not going to “mince words” here with the unofficial description being that it’s a cucumber-melon. In other words, it’s described as a specialty line of the cucumber family.

And what’s really interesting is you don’t wait for it to ripen before you eat it. If you do, it won’t be at its best. It will present in a mushy form.

Eating Carosello cucumbers before they fully mature means they’ll provide a more crunchy experience. Again, in other words, they’ll taste fresh. This is one of the reasons my parents loved pairing them up with tomatoes in a bowl.

When eaten immature, they retain a lot of water content and when this is released in that bowl with the olive oil, it meant using plenty of fresh bread to dip in it and soak up that juice.

Okay, just got a little off track.

Another pro of eating Carosellos is that they present a taste free from bitterness. And with the after-taste they have, you will be itching to grow them.

Actually, that after-taste combined with tomatoes and olive oil will “send your taste buds to the moon”.

Finally, it’s a fair bet that this is one food where indigestion won’t be a factor. It’s easy on the stomach.

The Carosello can be put in the gourmet basket and are well worth adding to your garden.

What’s Needed To Grow Carosello Cucumbers

What’s Needed To Grow Carosello CucumbersThere’s not a lot of difference if any, in growing Carosello cucumbers to other cucumber varieties.

I grew up in an extremely sunny and hot climate where it would be 112 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade. The Carosello cucumber plant lives in this type of weather.

This native of southern Italy thrives in the heat. I’m talking about clean heat without too much humidity. Southern Italy is perfect as would be Southern Californian.

So, if you live in a colder climate, then perhaps growing Carosellos outdoors will not be a good idea.

You should explore the options of growing them indoors under grow lights.

So, plant in early spring when the last frost is gone and temperatures don’t slide below sixty degrees Fahrenheit.

And make sure that the soil is fertile. If not, use a good quality organic potting mix.

When the conditions are good, you can expect fruit to mature within 60-70 days. In cooler weather, it will be closer to one hundred days.

Carosello cucumbers will handle day temperatures exceeding one hundred degrees easily. The hotter it is, the faster they mature.

Plant And Water

Plant And Water CarosellosBefore planting seeds, make sure the soil is well watered but not soggy. Plant the seeds about five to six inches apart. Follow up with a mild fertilizer.

Liquid fertilizer is recommended by many gardeners but not necessary. Just use a good-quality fertilizer.

Regular watering in hot conditions is necessary for the Carosello cucumber. The best option is to place the head of the hose in a small can and water row by row depending on how many you have.

Let the water trickle down to the end of the row naturally.

I would not recommend standing there and simply sprinkling water over the top of the fruit, especially when they are still very immature. Doing this can invite unwanted problems such as disease.

Finally, using support for your cucumbers when they start to mature is important. As I mentioned above, a vine can produce three or more fruit which puts a little strain on the main stalk of the plant.

Trellising is the answer and it doesn’t have to be fancy. A simple method of running string or wire from one end of the row to the other fixed to stakes at each end should suffice.

Some gardeners isolate each plant and put a wire boundary around them which the plant will use as ongoing support.

This should not be overthought. Just do what you feel will be best for the plant in getting through the growing and harvest period.

Conclusion: Last Tip On Growing The Carosello Cucumber

when to harvest cucumbersThis is not a hard fruit to grow. Actually, it’s easy so don’t be intimidated. Here is one final tip on the Carosello cucumber when it comes to harvesting.

So when do you pick the cucumber to eat? Again, you pick it a little immature. One of the best methods is to put your thumb and forefinger around the base of the cumber not attached to the vine and if they touch, then it’s ready to enjoy.

Another way is to count up to three weeks from the time of pollination.

If you are not sure, then the finger/thumb method always seems to get it right.

And that’s the Carosello cucumber. It’s fun to grow, delicious and tastes great. Especially when paired with tomato pieces and olive oil in a bowl.

Carosello Cucumber Growing Tips
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JD Dean

Growing up on a farm gave me and my family some huge advantages. One of them was learning to grow our own food. Apart from acres and acres of crops, we had a magnificent fruit and vegetable garden plus, we canned our own food. I’m hoping to pass on some of this expertise and experience to you.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Hey there JD. While some of this information is great, I’m surprised that there is not one picture of a carosello cucumber in this article. Additionally, they definitely have a bit of a different growth pattern than your typical cucumber. I have been growing these for over a dozen years and grow dozens of varieties of them. If you would like any help, I am happy to be of service. Best wishes! -Jay

    1. Hey thanks Jay. Just saw your response and appreciate the offer. It’s an interesting variety for sure. Thanks for pointing out the anomaly. Definitely will be in touch if I need anymore information on these cucumbers.

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