Bidwell Casaba Melon
- Fruits grow to 14 inches and 16 pounds
- Juicy, orange flesh
- Excellent flavor
- +/- 530 seeds/ounce
This melon hails from Chico, California where with was grown by John Bidwell (1819-1900). Bidwell was a Civil War General and U.S. Senator who procured his stock seed from the USDA in 1869.
Melons were developed and domesticated in Africa and Asia. Europeans settling in the Americas are recorded growing honeydew and casaba melons in the 17th century.
Learn to Grow Bidwell Casaba Melon
Direct Seed: 1" Deep
Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
Thin: To 3-4 Plants
Light: Full Sun
Instructions - Melons love heat. Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 6' apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost.
Ratings & Reviews
Heat Loving Melon for Variety In Your Diet
I grew this melon this year as an experiment. The two maturing plants scoffed at my low desert summer heat. I ended up with one huge melon - perhaps 10 servings. It grew bigger than the nearby Crimson Sweet watermelon, which struggled.
I harvested mine when most of the skin had yellowed considerably. It slipped off the stem. The flesh is like a perfect stringless mango or papaya. It's very juicy with a mildly sweet cantaloupe flavor. This melon is not a long term storage variety. The skin is softer than a cantaloupe, and similar to netted varieties.
I plan to keep growing this because it thrives in the desert if given water.