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Strawberry

Strawberry is cultivated worldwide. Like other species of Fragaria (strawberries), it belongs to the family Rosaceae. Technically, it is not a fruit, but a false fruit. The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France in 1740 via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America , which was noted for its flavor, and Fragaria chiloensis from Chile brought by Amédée-François Frézier, which was noted for its large size. Cultivars of Fragaria × ananassa have replaced, in commercial production, the woodland strawberry, which was the first strawberry species cultivated in the early 17th century.

Strawberry comes in various varieties, through different cultivation methods and has various uses. In addition to being consumed fresh, strawberries can be frozen, made into preserves, as well as dried and used in such things as cereal bars. Strawberries are a popular addition to dairy products, as in strawberry flavored ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies and yogurts. Strawberry is also used for making desserts.

Watermelon

Watermelon is thought to have originated in the Kalahari Desert of Africa. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt and is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics on walls of their ancient buildings. From there, watermelons spread throughout countries along the Mediterranean Sea by way of merchant ships. By the 10th century, watermelon found its way to China.

There are over 300 varieties of Watermelons grown throughout the world. These include seeded or seedless watermelons and Minior personal-sized watermelons and other varieties that come with red, yellow or orange flesh.

Nutritionists have long appreciated the health benefits watermelon provides. Watermelon enhances the overall well being or the “health esteem” due to its rich water content and high levels of vitamins A, B6 and C.

Melon

Sweet melons are thought to have originated in Africa or Asia and have been well known in China for at least 3,000 years. Varieties that are popular today are thought to have resulted from hybridization over the years, resulting in sweeter melons.

Melons are found in many different types warm regions across the world. All melons are Cucurbits (Cucurbitaceae). The cucurbit family includes species such as the gourd, watermelons, cantaloupes, squash, and pumpkins. Melons grow from seed in hot dry climates. On a trailing vine and optimum temperatures ensure a necessary balance between fruit growth and vine growth. Bright sunny days favour sugar accumulation in the melon.

Melons fall into two main categories: summer fruits, which include all those varieties with netted rinds; and winter melons, which have a smooth or finely ridged rind that is smooth or finely ridged.

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