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Melon (cumumis melo)

A member of the Cucurbitaceac family, which includes about 30 species including gourds, marrow and pumpkin. Melons are basically a 3-6-celled, many seeded berry.

It has natural representatives on every continent, except Europe, but was probably first cultivated in the Nile Valley. However, it didn"t arrive in Europe until the 15th century. The French king, Charles V111, brought it to his country from Naples after his Italian campaign in 1495. it had been received here so enthusiastically, that it is said Pope Paul 11, died from eating too much of it.

Nowadays, it is often difficult to define the many species on offer, but the main ones are listed as 'Melon, Cantaloupe'; 'Melon, Honeydew'; 'Melon, Ogen'; 'Melon, Water'

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