The most luscious watermelon the Deep South has ever produced was once so coveted, 19th-century growers used poison or electrocuting wires to thwart potential thieves, or simply stood guard with guns in the thick of night. The legendary Bradford was delectable — but the melon didn’t ship well, and it all but disappeared by the 1920s. Now, eight generations later, a great-great-great-grandson of its creator is bringing it back.
Photo: Heather Grilliot/Courtesy of Bradford Watermelons
Sometimes the huge diversity of produce and heirloom varieties amazes me! that you can have different varieties of the same fruit, all with different uses, tastes, growing climates, and purposes of why they were conceived and marketed is just astonishing! Yet another result of Gregor Mendel’s work on genetics and Luther Burbank’s work in agricultural science!