Enza Zaden: top resistances and flavour


The seed company’s melon portfolio is extending with new materials that are resistant in all the typologies, without forgetting continuous supply, 365 days a year

In the next melon campaign, resistances are going to be a limiting factor for producers. To bring them effective solutions, the seed company Enza Zaden continues adding new materials with resistances, but without losing out on the flavour that characterises its varieties and maintaining its commitment to continuous supply 12 months of the year. Accordingly, they have three new materials with resistances to powdery mildew and aphids that they are presenting in this 2021-22 campaign: two new Galia melons for open air growing and a Piel de Sapo for greenhouse cultivation with which they complete their melon catalogue with the aforementioned resistances.

Genci Armero, Melon Manager for Iberia at Enza Zaden, details the complete variety range that the company offers in the melon segment. “Complete supply all year round is one of our main goals. Likewise, we believe that resistances play an essential role; for this reason we continue incorporating resistant varieties that can guarantee a production 365 days a year in different production areas,” Armero affirms. In Galia, for example, the campaign begins in Almeria with Estelar; it continues in Murcia with the new varieties, Medial (early-medium cycle with resistance to aphids), Tribal and the late cycle Abisal, with which they also end in La Mancha.

In the Piel de Sapo segment, where they have been experiencing a considerable growth in sales for some time now, all the company’s materials already have resistance to powdery mildew and aphids, while “maintaining all the flavour,” as Genci Armero underscores. Its campaign starts with a new variety under plastic in Almeria. For open air growing, they offer Camacho, Campuzano and another new development, for transplanting from the 10th-15th of April in Murcia, also suitable for La Mancha, ending the cycle in La Mancha with Alcarez and Almaden. All of them follow the same pattern of a strong plant, with yield and good presence of fruit.

In yellow melons, the sales team continue promoting Mielón, the new development that they launched last year to complete the programme in Almeria, while for open air cultivation, producers have Piel de Sol (with resistance to powdery mildew and aphids) and Ambarino.

In Cantaloupes, all their materials incorporate resistance to aphids: from Enzor (for transplants in greenhouses in Almeria and early cycle in Murcia), passing through Kiyomi (medium cycle in Murcia) and Sucredor (late segment).

The Charentais line is also adding more and more resistance to aphids. Makeba (medium cycle) stands out, along with a new option for the early cycle that they are launching this year.

In addition, this year Enza is entering the Branco melon market in Portugal for the first time, with a variety that has resistance to powdery mildew and aphids.


In watermelons, they continue developing black seedless materials and they already have two varieties that are sized for the Spanish market (between 5 and 6 kg). The first new development is recommended for greenhouse growing: highly productive, homogeneous and with good setting in cold weather conditions. And the second, for open air in Murcia and La Mancha, the dark skin colour of which stands out well against the red colour of the flesh. Good flavour and high productivity complete the advantages of this material.

For export, the option proposed by Enza is Tyrion, a mini black seedless material for both zones, with a strong plant, good setting and yield. A complete offer with which the company continues to attract clients and showing that ‘resistances mark the difference.”

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