Monday, February 24, 2014

Ancient history of watermelon

Watermelon has been widely consumed, particular in Mediterranean countries and in Egypt, where it frequently plays an important role when water is polluted or in short supply.

The Egyptian tombs depict the culture and eating of watermelons reaching back at least 4000 years. It was customary for peasants to offer watermelon to thirsty voyagers.

The first archeological evidence for watermelons in northern Africa was a few seeds found in the tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt.

Watermelon is described in Sanskrit and Arabic literature, but seems to have been unknown to ancient Greek and Latin writers.

The watermelon became known in China and eastern Russia around the 10th century and in Britain around 1600. It was brought to the New World in the 1500s.
Ancient history of watermelon