Happy Melon Day!

by Nathan Hamm on 8/14/2005 · 4 comments

Yet another Turkmen holiday accompanied by interesting statements from Turkmenbashi.

“Let the life of every Turkmen be as beautiful as our melons,” Niyazov said in a statement.

“There is nothing like that in any country of the world,” the state-run Neutral Turkmenistan daily said in a headline.

As far as I know, none of the 500 varieties of melons grown in Turkmenistan are available in the United States save the Uzbek melon that is now grown in California.

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Tim Newman August 15, 2005 at 12:39 pm

And the Uzbek melons are mainly sold by Koreans, if what I am told is true.

jonathan p August 16, 2005 at 3:00 pm

Some pretty funny typos/errors on that link to the mellon growers’ site:

“…named after the original growing area in Uzbekstan, Russia.”

“Scoop our flesh or peel and cut as desired.”

Debbie August 18, 2005 at 9:10 am

Whoa! There’s deenya in Cali. That’s awesome – thanks for letting us know Nathan 🙂

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