EN on Foods

August 2001 Issue

Watermelon: Sweet and Healthful

The Folklore: Originating in Africa’s Kalahari Desert, watermelons (Citrullus lanatus) made their way to Egypt and then to Asia before arriving in the New World. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are said to have grown this summer favorite on their farms, and the first American cookbook published in 1796 featured a recipe for watermelon rind pickles.

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