As far back as the 2nd millennium B.C. watermelons were already being cultivated by civilizations that developed in the Nile Valley. Researchers believe however that the fruit may have originated in the southern regions of the African continent.
It was only in the 13th century that Europe first encountered the fruit as it was brought in by the Moorish invasion. Much later in the Age of Discovery, it is said that watermelons reached the shores of the New World via European colonists.
It’s a good thing watermelons have been around for a long time. Besides the usual vitamins and minerals, there are phytochemicals in this fruit that can keep the eyes and heart functioning optimally. Continue reading and learn the benefits of watermelons.