info: Watermelon is a kind of melon fruit with a sweet flavor and a juicy texture. An excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as potassium and magnesium.
storage: Store uncut in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place for 1-2 weeks.
If cut, store in covered container and refrigerate – will keep 2-3 days.
preparation: Wash in cold water. Cut, slice, or cube into desired size/consistency.
Watermelons have been cultivated at least as early as 2000 b.C (there’s evidence in the Nile Valley, as noted by Zohary and Hopf). Several watermelon seeds were found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, as well as in other sites of the 12th Egyptian Dynasty, even though no literature nor hyeroglyphics sources depict or describe watermelons.
It appears this fruit was largely unknown in other Mediterranean cultures of the time, but they were certainly cultivated in Asia (China in particular) by the end of the 9th century A.D. The fruit was introduced to Europe by the Moor invasion in the 13th century, and the word “watermelon” was present in English dictionaries in 1615, according to the Dictionary of American Food and Drink by J. Mariani. …read more