80 days. 1-2 kg oblong fruits have a quasi fuzzy green-gray skin. Green flesh is not sweet has a refreshing lime & cucumber taste. Ripe when fruit slips clean from vine stem. Fresh, canned, frozen, sweet spiced pickled. Great in salads and other savory dishes. This variety is known to already growing during the Abbasid Period over one thousand years ago. Endangered due to war and USA’s aggressive promotion of patented GMO seed under Iraqi Order 81 after the destruction of Iraq’s seed bank.
For a taste test description: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPBhKO8f46E
- Seed Count: 10-12
- Collection Date: Oct 2018
- Hardiness Zone: annual
- Height and Width: vine: climbs on trellis; crawls on ground
- Habitat: full sun; deep fertile well draining soil
- Germination test type: actual: +90%
How to germinate Bateekh Samara melon seeds:
Sow 5 mm deep. Opt. germination temp: 22-25 C. Days to germ: 5-10. Direct sow or as transplants (use large pot). Intolerant of overly damp soils. Heavy feeder; use balanced organic fertilizer. Excess nitrogen = leaves no fruit. Can climb.