Have you tried a Fyffes melon? It’s hard to beat the deliciously refreshing natural taste of a ripe melon and with a host of different varieties available there’s sure to be a melon to delight everyone!
It is thought that melons originated in Africa and Asia, but they have been known in China for over 3000 years. Primitive varieties tasted bitter and weren’t eaten raw, but much later sweeter varieties were developed (possibly in Spain) by crossing the bitter varieties with others brought from Persia by Arab traders. It was actually the Europeans who took the sweet melon to America.
Let’s explore how Fyffes melons are grown.
The Melon Journey
All melons are definitely not the same. They can immediately be divided into two groups - sugar melons (Cucumis melo) and water-melons (Citrullus lanatus). In fact they do not even belong to the same family - the watermelon is more closely related to the cucumber than other melons. But they all have one thing in common – their delicious, juicy, mouthwateringly sweet flesh! Some facts:
Did you know?
• Melons were grown in ancient Egypt.
• Melons grow on climbing plants and belong to the pumpkin family.
• The fruit only contains half as much sugar as a pear or an apple.
• Melons consist of at least 90% water and have a lot of phosphorus, calcium, provitamin A and vitamin C.
• Because of its red flesh colour, the watermelon was once a symbol of martyrdom.
• Every year on August 10 the people of Florence celebrate the patron saint of cooks by eating lots of watermelon.