By Sarah Fiorello

Watermelon ‘Sugar Baby Bush’ Citrullus lanatus

Gourd Family     Cucurbitaceae

Indigenous to northeastern Africa

Watermelon symbolizes survival and celebration. It was transported to America via slave ships as provisions for kidnapped Africans and was grown by the enslaved in their domestic gardens.  Watermelon has been enjoyed at summer gatherings by generations of Americans.

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