Commercially introduced by us in the U.S.!
We partnered with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange to promote this rare gem and a limited stock of seeds is also available from their online store at http://www.southernexposure.com/cekirdegi-oyali-crocheted-seed-watermelon-2-g-p-2166.html
Çekirdeği Oyalı is hands down the most unique watermelon we have ever grown. Seeds of this variety have hand-carved looking patterns on the surface. While this is a Turkish variety, unfortunately, we don’t know its exact locality. One data source told us that it belongs to Ovalı Village (probably of Tokat Province), Northern Turkey, and another source noted that the variety belongs to Denizli Province, Western Turkey. We collected the seeds for it in Izmir. This variety is regionally known as Çizgili, Dualı, Yazılı; however, to address the fruits’ very unique genetic trait for the sake of making the variety more commonly known and grown in Turkey, Mehmet Öztan promoted it as Çekirdegi Oyalı, a culturally recognizable name that roughly translates to English as hand-carved seeds.
Fruits of this variety weigh 3-4 lbs. Çekirdeği Oyalı is a productive and sweet delight with red flesh.
Variety name in Turkish: Çekirdeği Oyalı
Other synonyms: Çizgili, Dualı, Yazılı
Each packet has 20 seeds