Quenching Your Thirst for Watermelon

Watermelons (Citrullus lanatus) are members of the Cucurbitaceae family, along with cantaloupe and other melons, chayote, and squash. Watermelons likely originated in southern Africa, where they grow wild. At 90% water, the melons were a valuable and portable thirst quencher when natural water supplies were scarce or contaminated. Watermelons were cultivated in the Nile Valley from the second millennium BC. Watermelon […]