Medieval emergence of sweet melons

Medieval emergence of sweet melons

Medieval emer­gence of sweet melons

Sweet mel­ons, Cucumis melo, are highly prized today; how­ever, the lack of enthu­si­asm for mel­ons in Mediterranean antiquity indic­ates that they did not pos­sess the sug­ary sweet­ness of mod­ern mel­ons. Paris et al., through an extens­ive search of medi­eval lit­er­at­ure, find evid­ence for the exist­ence of sweet mel­ons in Central Asia in the mid-9th cen­tury. Sweet mel­ons, evid­ently casa­bas, were grown in Andalusia in the late 11th cen­tury, which prob­ably arrived from Central Asia by a mostly mari­time trade route. Climate and geo­pol­it­ical bound­ar­ies may have caused the delay in the dif­fu­sion of sweet mel­ons into the rest of Europe.

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  1. Jeremy says:

    Visitors to our site, where we linked to the paper, are say­ing that des­pite prom­ises to the con­trary, they are unable to down­load the paper, even though it is still National Biology Week, or whatever. Could you invest­ig­ate, please.