30/11/2022 05:53 PM | Click to read full article
About 6,000 years ago, a band of herders corralled their sheep into a cave in northern Africa. The weary nomads wouldn’t have noticed when some of the seeds fell to the ground. It seems Saharans first consumed watermelon seeds, long before the fruit evolved into the sweet, domesticated crop grown today on farms worldwide. This provides clues for archaeologists to piece together the history of watermelon domestication.