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Honeydew melon - reportedly similar in appearance to Bailan melon

The Bailan melon is a locally famous type of melon grown near Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu province in the People's Republic of China.[1]

According to Chinese sources, the melons were introduced to China by a Mr. Wallace, Vice president of the United States, who donated melon seeds to the locals while visiting in the 1940s.[citation needed] This man was almost certainly Henry A. Wallace, Vice president under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who had a background in agriculture and had founded a major seed company, Pioneer Hi-Bred.

In photographs, the melons appear light yellow, orange or white, with a light green or apricot yellow flesh, similar in appearance to the honeydew melon.

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  1. ^ "China Specialty & Snack". Specialty & Snack. 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-10.