Vegetables and Fruit forum: Banana cantaloupe

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Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
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IJsbrandtGA
Aug 3, 2017 10:04 AM CST
This is my first year growing banana cantaloupe from seeds. It seems to be doing quite fine, however I have two different looking squashes on the vine and I also don't know when they are ready to pick? Do these look like they are ready or should I wait longer? They are not easily detaching from the vine like regular cantaloupe when you pick it. Thank You!
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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Aug 3, 2017 10:30 AM CST
They turn full yellow when ripe and they will then detach from the vines. They do have a tendency to be misshapen. To me they have a peculiar taste, with a distinct cucumber after taste.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 3, 2017 4:30 PM CST
I agree with farmerdill ! Plus ! As with all other mellons. Short curly tendral neer stem will dry and stem around mellon will crack some.
It should snap off easy. Thumbs up
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Name: Terri Osipov
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IJsbrandtGA
Aug 3, 2017 9:51 PM CST
Thanks @farmerdill and @philipwonel! Would either of you say that this is more of a squash (savory) or melon (sweet/fruity)?
Have you used it in any recipes? Thank you for your tips and any more that you may think of. Thank You!

Terri
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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Aug 4, 2017 5:32 AM CST
Banana has been around since the 19th Century, but never achieved more than novelty status. It is a version of the Armenian cucumber ( which is also a melon) that is usually used as a ripe melon. The flavor to me leaves a cucumber after taste. Other folks may experience a different taste, but I have never met anyone who really preferred it to other melons. Never tried using it in a young stage as a cucumber. I have not grown it since the 60's but I do remember getting some nice looking ones at 4-5 lbs as well as some gnarly ones. Big ones did taste better than the misshapen ones, but no comparison to the Green Fleshed Rocky Ford and Honey Rock which I was also growing at that time.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 5, 2017 1:16 PM CST
Dillard : do imature banana cantaloupe, taste anything like Armenian Cucumbers???
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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Aug 5, 2017 1:39 PM CST
Like I said , I have not tried them but I expect that they do.
Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
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IJsbrandtGA
Aug 12, 2017 11:06 AM CST
Philipwonel said:Dillard : do imature banana cantaloupe, taste anything like Armenian Cucumbers???
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I wish I knew what Armenian cucumber taste like. I am going to pull a couple today I believe. I will let you know what comes of it. If anyone reading this thread wants some seeds please let me know. Thank You!
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 12, 2017 1:09 PM CST
Terri : Howday 😁😁😁
I'll take some seeds. nodding

Armenian cucks are very mild. Sort of sweet, i suppose. Shrug!

I'll tree msil you ! Thumbs up
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