Not all of the watermelons in Russia are imported from Mexico. In fact, I doubt that any of them are from Mexico at all, most come from the Southern ex-Soviet states, some from Turkey and Israel, and Spain is a large exporter of fruit to Russia as well. However, there is a traditional source of Russian made watermelons as well. The Astrakhan region of Russia was known for its watermelon harvest well before Communism, serving the old Russia with this fruit in summer. Then through
the USSR era, when the import of watermelons was not very popular, Astrakhan together with Southern republics served big red berries to the tables of the Soviet working class. Now the tradition is still being observed, and sometimes preference is given for the "local" Russian or Astrakhanian watermelons over the "imported" fruit. Last week they officially started harvesting them. Here are a few shots of how its being done made by Yevgeny P.