The watermelon (or a fruit like it) seems to be native to the Kalahari Desert in Africa. It was also cultivated in Egypt as long ago as 2000BC. Therefore, we can probably say that people started eating watermelons because they were available, tasted good and had a high water content, which is good for the people in the desert. They probably ate watermelons in the Summer because that is the end of their growing season.
Summer is the growing season for watermelons. It is also an extremely refreshing fruit, since it contains so much water, making it a perfect snack for hot summer days. One notable health benefit of watermelon is that it can help reduce the inflammation that those who have asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer and arthritis. Additionally, watermelon is also very high in many antioxidants and vitamin C and A. For other benefits see the sourced site below.
Historians believe that watermelon first came to the U.S. with African slaves. American Cookery, the first cookbook published in the U.S., included a recipe for watermelon pickles.
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