Category Archives: Casaba melon

Casaba Melons

I found in the California State Library the original letters that accompanied the shipment of melon seeds to John Bidwell. There are two letters, one form letter addressed to John Kennedy (Annie’s brother) and a hand-written one to General Bidwell. … Continue reading

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Melons in December

Most people know that John Bidwell loved to eat melons, especially the casaba melons that he grew from Turkish seed sent to him by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1881. He ate them every day from summer until they … Continue reading

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130 years of Casaba Melons, part II

Back in May I planted the seeds, and now this has invaded my kitchen.It looks like something from a space aliens movie. What is it? It’s a Casaba melon, and this is my best year yet growing Casabas. This one … Continue reading

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130 years of Casaba Melons

This afternoon I planted casaba melons in a big empty patch in the middle of our orchard. This is the second year that I have planted casabas—they were such a favorite with General Bidwell that I had to try them. … Continue reading

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