WATERMELON

Watermelon | Karpuz

 

Watermelon is believed to have originated on the continent of Africa. The fruit has a history that dates back to 3000 BC.

 

The Ancient Egyptians cultivated watermelon as an alternative to fresh water. Depictions of the fruit, as well as watermelon seeds, have been discovered in Egyptian tombs (including that of King Tutankhamen).

 

Between 400 BC and 500 AD watermelon cultivation spread north to the Mediterranean and Europe. Today, Turkey is the largest producer of watermelon in Europe. Additionally, the country cultivates twenty percent of the watermelon grown worldwide.

 

Watermelon is known as karpuz in Turkish.

 

The Aegean, Marmara, Mediterranean and Southeast are the primary regions for cultivation of watermelon. The city of Diyarbakır is famed for large, juicy watermelon.

 

Peak season for watermelon begins in May and lasts until September.

 

In Turkey, watermelon is primarily consumed fresh. It is commonly paired with white cheese (beyaz peynir) as a summer salad.

 

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