Watermelons

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I’ve talked about some out there tropical fruit like durians and dragonfruit.  I’ve talked about some tropical fruit which isn’t as out there but is either scarce or expensive in most western countries, like mangoes are.  But I’ve never talked about a fruit that is considered normal in North America.  Nothing is as quintessential to a summer barbecue or picnic in North America as a big slice of watermelon.  What makes the watermelons in Burma feel so foreign, reminding you that you are, in fact, in a distant land, eating fruit grown in distant lands, is the sheer quantity of the fruit which the vendors have piled behind them.

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