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10 Surprising Side Effects Of Watermelon. 10 Surprising Side Effects Of Watermelon Pubali Mukherjee March 27, 2017 During summers, we can find watermelons everywhere!

10 Surprising Side Effects Of Watermelon

The perfect summer fruit, watermelons with high water content, make for great thirst quenchers. Google. A picture of a watermelon 10000 years ago. How humans have changed watermelons. People have selectively bred crops for specific traits since modern agriculture began 10,000 years ago.

How humans have changed watermelons

Food crops are selected for size, taste, and productivity. You can see how much our food has changed by looking at art. Specifically, as Vox pointed out, this 17th-century Renaissance painting by Giovanni Stanchi shows a very weird-looking watermelon: A Giovanni Stanchi painting shows how different watermelon looked about 500 years ago CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2015. The 5,000-Year Secret History of the Watermelon. To taste a watermelon is to know “what the angels eat,” Mark Twain proclaimed.

The 5,000-Year Secret History of the Watermelon

The angels, however, would have gagged if they had eaten the watermelon’s wild ancestor—a bitter fruit with hard, pale-green flesh. Generations of selective breeding, spanning several countries and cultures, produced the sweet red fruit that’s now a common sight on picnic tables. Much of this epic history has been lost to antiquity.