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Bradford Watermelons - An Heirloom Variety, Continuously Grown since the 1800s by the Family Who Developed It

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In case you missed it, NPR's joyful piece last week on the incipient restoration of the heirloom Bradford Watermelon variety, continuously grown since the 1800s by the family that developed it:

"Saving the Sweetest Watermelon the South Has Ever Known"

From the description, this sounds like the watermelon equivalent of Wagyu...and like the perfect rind for pickling.

And while we're on the topic, a brief history of the watermelon in the Americas.


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"The true Southern watermelon is a boon apart, and not to be mentioned with commoner things. It is chief of this world's luxuries, king by grace of God over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat. It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took: we know it because she repented."

"• Mark TwainPudd'nhead Wilson

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