When Melons Got Sweet

The Beet: A Podcast For Plant Lovers

03-04-2024 • 8 mins

Did you know that melons weren’t the lucious sweet fruit we adore today? The melons of medieval times were more like gherkins. It wasn’t until growers cultivated melons and cross-bred them enough that they ripened to sweetness. This caused a massive melon craze.

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