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Mouth-Watering Watermelons
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The cultivation of watermelon dates back over 4,000 years and was depicted by early Egyptian artists. Europeans brought watermelon seeds to the west and American Indians began cultivating the melon by the middle of the 17th century. Today many varieties of watermelon have been developed including the popular seedless types. Varieties change from year to year and are bred for better flavor, disease resistance and other characteristics. Watermelons belong to the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae, which also includes cucumbers, squash, muskmelons and pumpkins. Fresh watermelon is refreshing, tasty and very healthy. It makes a great summertime dessert and if you are diet-conscious, one cup of water- melon has very few calories and zero fat.

Varieties of melons:

Cantaloupe. Choose melons that have a dry gray netting over a greenish-gold rind. A smooth scar at the stem indicates the melon was allowed to mature on the vine. Sniff for a sweet cantaloupe fragrance. 

Persian. Look for a clean stem end and raised netting as on a cantaloupe. 

Honeydew. Pick a melon with a creamy, greenish-ivory color and a smooth, waxy feel. There is no smooth stem end. Also sniff for a mild, sweet fragrance. 

Crenshaw. Look for a smooth mottled-green rind that is turning golden and softening. There is a strong distinct melon fragrance present when melon is ready to eat. 

Casaba. This melon has a tough, wrinkly rind that turns yellow when ripe. Fragrance is absent in this melon.

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