Paceco Cartucciaru Melon

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Paceco Cartucciaru Melon

The fields around Paceco, near Trapani, begin to fill with yellow melons from the month of June onwards. Early-ripening and very productive, they compete at the start of the season with melons from Mantua and the Sibari Plain, but by the end of July the price has fallen because of a glut on the market. The melons are no longer worth harvesting and they are left in the fields to feed flocks of sheep and goats.
The most commonly grown variety is Helios, which ousted the local heritage varieties in the early 1990s. One of the traditional varieties is the Paceco Cartucciaru, a heritage melon with an elongated shape with a rounded end. Its skin is smooth and yellow and the flesh white and juicy. The flavor is excellent.

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Season

The Cartucciaru melons are harvested from June to August. When hung up somewhere cool and airy, they become sweeter and can keep for at least two months.

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The original Cartucciaru seeds have now been recovered, thanks to the work of experts from the Regional Authority and local farmers. Though the melon takes longer to reach peak maturity than other varieties—almost a month more than Helios—it is grown without irrigation and does not need nitrogenous fertilizer like ordinary melons. The Presidium wants to revive its cultivation on a larger scale.

Production area
Paceco Municipality and part of Trapani Municipality, Province of Trapani

Presidium supported by
Sicily Regional Authority’s Agriculture and Food Department

Gaspare Fazio
Fulgatore (Tp)
Via Rizzo, 264
tel. +39 320 6558313
gaspare1927@libero.it

Salvatore Fazio
Fulgatore (Tp)
Via Rizzo, 40
tel. +39 389 141808

Francesca Simonte
Dattilo (Tp)
Via I° Maggio, 27
tel. +39 329 8367976
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Gaspare Fazio
tel. +39 320 6558313
gaspare1927@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Giuseppe Raineri
tel. +39 335 6679150
raineribenessere@tiscali.it
The original Cartucciaru seeds have now been recovered, thanks to the work of experts from the Regional Authority and local farmers. Though the melon takes longer to reach peak maturity than other varieties—almost a month more than Helios—it is grown without irrigation and does not need nitrogenous fertilizer like ordinary melons. The Presidium wants to revive its cultivation on a larger scale.

Production area
Paceco Municipality and part of Trapani Municipality, Province of Trapani

Presidium supported by
Sicily Regional Authority’s Agriculture and Food Department

Gaspare Fazio
Fulgatore (Tp)
Via Rizzo, 264
tel. +39 320 6558313
gaspare1927@libero.it

Salvatore Fazio
Fulgatore (Tp)
Via Rizzo, 40
tel. +39 389 141808

Francesca Simonte
Dattilo (Tp)
Via I° Maggio, 27
tel. +39 329 8367976
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Gaspare Fazio
tel. +39 320 6558313
gaspare1927@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Giuseppe Raineri
tel. +39 335 6679150
raineribenessere@tiscali.it