Warm Weather Helps Pecos Cantaloupes

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

It's about the end of the season for harvesting onions, but now the Mandujano brothers are preparing for their much anticipated Pecos cantaloupes to grow in.

"We're doing really well compared to last year. What we have now looks good, and we'll have them ready by the first of July," Armando Mandujano, said.

The Mandujano brothers plant about 120 acres worth cantaloupe each year and this season they hope to grow about 15,000 pounds of the fruit.

"There's a misconception about rain. We don't need that much of it because then we have fungus and mold problems and that's hard to control," Armando said.

Right now the cantaloupes are about the size of an orange, and farmers say in about 3 weeks they'll be ready to distribute.

"Everybody's calling up asking about them already. We have plenty of supplies since we got more than last year," Beto Mandujano said.

When asked why, out of all crops they grow are Pecos cantaloupes the most in demand, the Mandujano brothers say it's all about location.

"The soil and the climate is great. The Pecos cantaloupes have different aroma. Once you take them out of Trans Pecos area, they won't have that flavor," Armando said.