Watermelon | Karpuz

Watermelon is believed to have originated on the continent of Africa more than 5,000 year ago. Before spreading north into Mediterranean and Europe between 400 BC and 500 AD, ancient Egyptians had been cultivating watermelon for more than 3,000 years. It is thought that the ancient Egyptians would store watermelon as an alternative source to fresh water. Depictions of watermelon, as well as watermelon seeds, have been discovered in Egyptian tombs (including that of King Tutankhamen). Today, Turkey is the largest producer of watermelon in Europe and cultivates twenty percent of the watermelon grown worldwide.

 
 


Preparation


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

 
 


Quick Guide


In Turkish, watermelon is called karpuz.
Watermelon is primarily cultivated in the Aegean, Marmara, Mediterranean and Southeastern regions of Turkey. The city of Diyarbakır is famed for large, juicy watermelon.
The peak season for watermelon begins in May and lasts until September.

 
 



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