Watermelon, Anyone?

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17. Watermelon was an Old World food that came to the New World with Euro-African settlement. It appears to have originated in southern Africa. The Spanish brought it to Florida by 1576, the British were growing it in Massachusetts by 1629, and it also appears to have come along with enslaved Africans. Watermelon requires a long growing season and thrives best in hot weather, so naturally it was…

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