From Old World to New World

Thirsty? Look for watermelon!

Citrulus lanatus


The watermelon plant originated in Africa. It spread first to southern Europe. Then in the early 1700s it arrived in the Americas. Originally considerd a "food of slaves," it soon became popular with European Americans. By the 1800s, Virginia cookbooks were filled with recipes for watermelon pickles, jellies, and marmalades.

Present Use

All over the world, watermelon is savored for its thirst-quenching juices.

From Old World to New World