Saturday, October 8, 2022

Kampyr Qovun or Old Lady melon

This post describes the late honeydew type melon from Uzbekistan called Kampir Qovun. It goes under a few other names such as Kampyr, Kampir Kovun, Old Lady, Old Maiden, Old Woman, and Babushka. In the picture above, there are five of these wrinkled grey-green round melons with the stems attached.

The summer of 2022 was the first season I planted and harvested them. The fruits started to be ready in the second half of September, and this was my latest melon so far. It seems these melons can be stored for some time as they have a pretty hard skin. The fruits are round, wrinkled, green-grey with occasional yellow marks. The flesh is white, very sweet, soft, and melting.  Excellent late melon. In the picture below, a Kampir fruit that is just under 8 lbs, which is about the average weight for these melons.

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