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Ancient texts, paintings reveal the evolution of watermelon

from RedOrbit

It is the classic go-to food for picnics and is often the food of choice for eating contests, but just where did the humble fruit we call the watermelon come from? The folks at National Geographic, with the capable assistance of horticulturalist Harry Paris of the Agricultural Research Organization in Israel, set out to answer that exact question. Paris, the website explained, has spent years look at various ancient Hebrew texts, Egyptian artifacts, and medieval illustrations as he tracked the 5,000 year evolution of the watermelon. more


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