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Where did the seedless watermelon originate?

Watermelons are an iconic summertime snack and a worldwide favorite. But there’s more to this juicy fruit than meets the eye. While wild watermelons have been around for centuries, it was not until the late 1800s that seedless hybrid varieties were developed. This major breakthrough came after decades of intensive research and cross-breeding by horticulturists seeking to create sweeter, bigger, and heartier melons with no seeds at all.

The initial goal of the process was to create a large-scale crop with superior flavor and extended shelf life, leading to the first seedless crosses being introduced in Shanghai in 1920. These watermelons became increasingly popular due to their superior taste, convenient seedless feature, and hardy nature. Growing these melons also requires less space than regular watermelons, since they don’t require room for individual seeds or shells.

Seedless watermelon now come in five main types: triploid hybrids which were developed in Italy 1940s; diploid hybrids from Israel; tetraploids from California; extra sweet varieties from Japan; and organically grown melons from Mexico.

Thanks to modern breeding technology, we can now enjoy our favorite summer treat without having to consume unwanted seeds! As we look back on this naturally evolved fruit’s journey over time – from its wild roots centuries ago – it is just further proof that good things come with patience! #SeedlessWatermelon #History #SummerSnack

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