Egyptian hieroglyphics featuring melons date back to as far as 2400 BC

Melons originated in Africa and they gradually began to make an appearance in Europe, particularly in France were extensively cultivated in 1629, towards the end of the Roman Empire. America did not have to wait long to enjoy these delicious fruits; early American settlers are recorded to have been growing honeydew and casaba melons as early as the 1600s! We can thank the Spanish explorers from bringing seeds and cultivating them in California.

The regions in which melons grow in the United States are as varied as the different kinds of melons that can be named, the chief being watermelon, casaba, cantaloupe, crenshaw and Persian. Be excited to know that California and its close neighbors cultivate most of these popular varietals. Let's focus on watermelon. The first association we make is with its juicy flesh, but did you know that every part of the watermelon is edible, even the seeds and the rinds? Forty-four states grow watermelons of which with Texas, California, and Arizona are consistently the leaders the in production. This product is available year-round with peak time in May, June, July, and August.