Origin

Melon The watermelon comes from South Africa.

Today they are most cultivated in China, Turkey, Iran, Spain, Greece and Italy.

Production:

Country 1990 1995 2000 2005
China 10 955,37 18 827,74 51 821,17 69 315,00
Turkey 3 300,00 3 600,00 3 900,00 3 800,00
Iran 2 645,99 1 389,70 1 650,04 2 150,00
Spain 815,70 730,00 717,42 723,10
Greece 630,25 622,50 662,79 680,96
Italy 660,54 597,27 508,41 519,46

Source: FAO, amounts in 1000 tons