Fruits of the orchard
Watermelon (Fruits of the orchard)

Watermelon: an oasis in the world of fruit

Watermelon, like his little brothers cantaloupe or honey dew melon, is a cucurbit like the cucumber or squash, and has one of the longest and most fascinating histories in the evolution of fruits. It originally grew wild in savannahs south of the Sahara and around oases in southern parts of Africa, where it was no bigger than an apple and quite bitter. The Egyptians began to cultivate watermelons before other melons, making them bigger and sweeter: archeologists have found 2500-year old pictures of the fruit in Pharaonic tombs. Watermelons crossed the Mediterranean around the 1st Century where they were grown in Greece and Campania. Arab and Italian gardeners improved the fruit on both sides of the Mediterranean, giving it the size and sweetness we appreciate today. It was first eaten either salted or pickled in vinegar before becoming the refreshing and quenching summer fruit that is now consumed all over the world, both fresh and in sorbets and other desserts. Today it’s making a comeback as a sweet and sour fruit, mainly in salads and as a condiment. The watermelon wears its name well since it indeed contains 90% of water and, despite its sweet taste, contains very little sucrose (about 30 calories for 100 grammes). Rich in potassium and vitamin C, it can be consumed in large quantities and with a lot of pleasure.

Frozen products

Discover this Les vergers Boiron’s flavor in all its frozen forms. They will meet all your needs and inspirations.

Recipes with watermelon flavor

Chefs from all over the world share with you a selection of recipes made with this flavor to inspire your pastry, ice cream making, cooking and cocktails. 

Sorbets Jean-Christophe Duc

Watermelon & alcohol sorbet

by Jean-Christophe Duc
Cocktails with alcohol Carlos G. Morales

The abbie mitchell (summertime)

by Carlos G. Morales

Flavour combinations

Some suggestions to combine flavors and enhance their qualities in terms of taste, texture and color.