General Information

As a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, the watermelon is related to the cantaloupe, squash and pumpkin – other plants that also grow on vines on the ground.  Many melons originated in the Middle East and gradually spread their popularity across Europe. Ancient Egyptians and Romans enjoyed cantaloupes or muskmelons. Melon seeds were transported to the United States by Christopher Columbus and were eventually cultivated by Spanish explorers in California.


Storing & Cooking Information

Wash the watermelon's rind and your knives before cutting.

Store whole melons in a cool, dry place (45-50°F), away from other fruits. Always store cut melons in the refrigerator.

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