Melon is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Its closest relatives are squashes and cucumbers.
Melons originate from Africa and southwestern parts of Asia.
After they become widely spread and popular in Europe, melons were introduced to America by the Spanish settlers during the 15th and 16th century.
Melon is annual plant, which means that it finishes its life cycle in one year.
Melon produces two types of flowers: staminate (contains only male reproductive organs) and perfect flowers (contains both male and female reproductive organs). Plant that produces these types of flowers is called andromonoecious.