[Sca-cooks] Melons in England

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Thu Jul 31 17:42:27 PDT 2008

The Oxford Companion to Food says melons (Cucumis melo) were introduced into 
England in the 16th Century where they were grown "under glass bells, in 
greenhouses or 'steam-pits.'"

Melons have been cultivated on and off in southern Europe since Roman times 
and were certainly reintroduced into the area by the Arabs.  The first 
medieval European reference seems to be Albertus Magnus in the 13th Century.


> Anybody have any info on people eating melons in England - whatever
> period? Someone suggested that Watermelon & cantaloupe would be good
> at my upcoming feast and I think it would go over well. But now I have
> to figure out if it is period for the region.
> England is not my strong suit - but I know that it is for some of y'all!
> Thanks,
> Serena

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