Melons originated in Africa and southwest Asia, but they gradually began to appear in Europe toward the end of the Roman Empire. Melons were among the earliest plants to be domesticated in both the Old and New Worlds.
Early American settlers are recorded as growing honeydew and casaba melons as early as the 1600s.
A number of Native American tribes in New Mexico, including Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Navajo, Santo Domingo and San Felipe, maintain a tradition of growing their own characteristic melon cultivars, derived from melons originally introduced by the Spanish.
Organizations like Native Seeds/SEARCH have made an effort to collect and preserve these and other heritage seeds.
The melon is available from May to August.
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