Those Old Wives Were On To Something

You may have seen this news story about watermelon having Viagra-like properties. It’s an entertaining concept, but what struck me was the observation that the chemical in question is concentrated in the watermelon’s rind.

If you didn’t grow up in the Midwest, this may not have meant much to you. But if, like me, you came of age in an environment in which nearly every middle-aged and elderly lady made watermelon pickles from the fruit’s rind, and such pickles were a staple at every church picnic and similar social event, today’s news may have suggested, not for the first time, that those ladies knew what they were about.


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