Some of melon seeds found in Sardinia

The Sardinians were the first to cultivate the melon in Europe?

It would seem so, yes according to the finding in a well of Sa Osa (Cabras, Oristano), of 47 melon seeds dating back to a period comprised between the 1310 and the 1120 a.C. (Bronze Age).

The discovery is important because it is the first secure evidence of melon cultivation in the Mediterranean area.

They now await the results of morphological and genetic analysis of the findings more about their origin and nature.

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