What the Angels Eat
To taste a watermelon is to know "what the angels eat" said Mark Twain.
Scientists agree that the watermelon's ancestor was cultivated in Africa before spreading north into the Mediterranean and Europe...but that is pretty much all they can agree on. So maybe it is the food of angels?
The historical taxonomy of the fruit is all messed up. For example, the scientific name of the watermelon is Citrullus lanatus, and lanatus means "hairy" in Latin, so the name actually refers to a fuzzy melon. And of course the melons we know today are smooth and hairless (you would have noticed if they weren't, right?!) 🍉👙 Also, fun bonus fact: The ancient Greeks used the watermelon to treat children with heatstroke by putting the cool wet rind on their heads.
Stay cool, folks! 🍉🍉🍉🍉🍉🍉🍉🍉🍉🍉🍉🍉