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A watermelon

The Durable (Water)Melon

The origin of watermelons date back as far as 5,000 years ago, in the deserts of South Africa. This melon had the ability to grow in drought-ridden conditions and to store water within the fruit; hence the name watermelon. It was a great food source for some ancient African tribes to have as they ventured across deserts. However, the taste was much more on the bitter side. Around 2000 BCE, the watermelon also made appearances in the burial chambers of ancient Egyptian royalty. In some of the hieroglyphics written on the walls of the burial chambers, the watermelon is depicted.

Candied Blood Oranges

Citrus is everywhere this time of year. And while stuffing yourself with fresh fruit while it’s around is a solid choice, those of us who tend towards gastronomic squirreling are on the look-out for interesting ways to preserve seasonal ingredients. Unless you’re a serious marmalade lover (in which case you’ve probably sorted yourself out already) …

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