Cucumis melo is an annual plant with a flexible, creeping or climbing herbaceous stem, sarmentose with lateral ramifications. Melon is a product of great interest for our tables, especially for the summer ones. In fact, it can be eaten as an appetizer, as fruit or as an accompaniment to a dessert.
Introducing it in our garden can also be a good idea since, in the right climatic conditions, it grows quickly and does not require great attention.
Cucumis melo came to Europe from Africa, although many scholars claim that its origins are Asian, in particular it is endemic to Afghanistan.
It has been known to us for centuries. In fact, it was introduced as a crop towards the first century, under the Roman Empire, but was already known because it was previously imported from the African coasts. It was in fact of great interest and considered more a vegetable than a fruit.
Many famous people loved him madly. However, until the end of the 1800s, its consumption was hampered: there was a suspicion that it could be poisonous (which later turned out to be false). It is possible, however, that some Cucumis melo fruits caused digestion problems due to their perishability. A belief (linked to some texts of Galen) advised to eat it at the beginning of the meal or in combination with salty foods (such as ham) to avoid the aforementioned negative effects. From this derives the traditional summer dish still in vogue today.