Turkish Watermelons

Browse and shop for Turkish watermelons. Some of these traditional watermelon seeds have been stewarded by small communities in specific regions in Turkey. Others have been grown in home gardens and homesteads widely across the country, generation upon generation. These Turkish watermelons reflect the significance of seed stewardship in Turkey. They also manifest the incredible diversity and richness of kitchen traditions, flavors, texture, and colors of food crops, among other traits, in the country.

Watermelon is native to Africa Western Asia, and it is a crop widely celebrated for so long in Central Asia and Turkey. Turkish watermelons come in various shapes, textures and flavors. They are a staple food crop across Turkey.

Watermelons are mainly used for fresh eating in Turkey.

In our catalog, we may also offer Turkish watermelons which were bred as part of commercial plant breeding efforts in the 20th century in Turkey. These seeds can be more commonly found at farmers’ markets across the country. It is still possible to find these seeds in Turkish commercial seed catalogs. However, many of them are also disappearing from these catalogs due to unacceptable seed laws and regulations that force farmers to become dependent on hybrid and patented seeds. Hence, it is also one of our goals to offer these now commercially rare Turkish watermelons to pass on their genetically powerful traits that also acknowledge and intersect traditions.

In addition, you will also find here the watermelon seeds from our culturally appropriate plant breeding and seed selection efforts.

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