Some people thought honeydew to have originated in Persia. It was prized by ancient Egyptians thousands of years ago, appearing in Egyptian hieroglyphics that date back to 2400 BC. Ancient Egyptian ancestors considered honeydews a scared food.
Honeydew melons were also cultivated by the Romans and were introduced into Europe during the Roman Empire but did not become well known until the French royal court’s love affair with the fruit in the fifteenth century.
Honeydew were not cultivated in Europe until the late Middle Ages, except perhaps in Moorish Spain.
Columbus carried honeydew melon seeds to America and Spanish explorer settling in what is now California cultivated honeydew melon. It has been an important commodity in America ever since then.
History of honeydew fruit