Posted by: hearttohearthcookery | January 26, 2014

American Citron Melon

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This bland, seedy, ancestor to the watermelon was referred to as The American Citron by Amelia Simmons in American Cookery published in 1796.  But is it truly American?  It was used by European colonists in America to preserve as they did the rind of a citron, a citrus fruit native to the Middle East and Mediterranean.  But the origins of this old watermelon is Africa.

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