Melons from Russia is especially prized in the Middle Ages. In XVII century of them remembered with admiration by foreign guests, marveling at the size and incredible taste of melon Russian. And they came to Russia (800-900 years) of the Central Asian countries in which the art of cultivation of this fruit has reached unprecedented heights. Western Europe was lucky in that sense, much less. However if you talk about the history of melon from the outset, it is worth mentioning a little known fact – the first people to truly appreciate the beauty of melons were the Egyptians. Indeed, the valley of the Nile River has always been famous for its fertile land. They began their large-scale cultivation, and left her in the pyramids near the body cremated Pharaoh.
Up to now there are heated debates – what still considered a melon. Some call it a fruit, some berries, some vegetables. In fact – this is a false berry, belonging, attention to the nature of cucumbers. It turns out that the cucumber and melon close relatives. Therefore, melon – a vegetable.
As you know – Islam originated in the Arab countries. The Arabs believed watermelon heavenly fruit and thought that this is a real godsend to people. A crack in the quaint form of a web on the crust, are taken as the encrypted message Almighty. Some even tried to guess using a melon and predict the future. That’s an interesting little known fact.
The first book, which spoke of melon, was the Bible. It says a lot.
Once a melon is even tried. True. Many years ago, one of the nobles, after the beautiful, hearty dinner suddenly felt ill. And since the last he touched this noble gentleman, was the usual melon, then over her staged a real court. Incidentally, the wine melon has been proven, however, what the sentence handed down her judgment – we do not know.
Do not have a melon immediately after a meal, it can cause unpredictable and unpleasant reaction of the stomach and entire body. Wait at least 1-1.5 hours. The same can be said about the mix of melon with dairy products and alcohol. Oh, and do not check this at home. Try to eat the newly cut melon, since then, they can begin to breed bacteria. Forget about sweet yellow fruit that when suffering from gastritis or ulcer disease. And of course, the melon is strictly contraindicated for diabetics. In addition, women, nursing babies need to be careful doubly, because the digestive system of the child is much weaker than the digestive system of an adult man.
Variety called the melon Cucumis microcarpus tastes like ordinary strawberries and cultivated elsewhere in the Caucasus.
Melons are not only round and oval, and elongated, resembling the form of large cucumbers (eg Armenia). Weight of some of them more than 15 kilograms (documented to be confirmed), and the length reaches 1,8-19 meters.
But scientists from such high-tech and advanced countries like South Korea, recently announced sensational news. They were able to (in their words) to find in an ordinary melon mythical elixir of eternal youth. The substance, which they identified through difficult experiences, called “lycopene.” We are waiting for further news from the Koreans.