Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Watermelon
- The official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae.
- August is peak season for watermelon grown in Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington.
- One watermelon can feed up to 3 dozen people!
- 100% of a watermelon is edible.
- It ranks #1 on the budget-friendly fruit list, at only $0.14 per serving.
- They’re great for keeping you hydrated, they are 92% water.
- The rind is edible and is sometimes used as a vegetable.
- The rind can be stir-fried, pickled, or stewed.
- Watermelons are 70% flesh and 30% rind.
- They are rich in vitamins A, B6, and C.
- Be sure to wash your melons under clean, running water before cutting into them!
- To choose a good watermelon:
- Look for a firm, symmetrical watermelon without bruises, dents, or cuts.
- Feel the weight, it should be heavy for its size due to water weight.
- Check the bottom for a creamy yellow spot from where it sat as it ripened.
- They are a good source of potassium.
- To grow a watermelon, you need sun, bees, and water.
- Farmers grow watermelon in rows that are 8-12 feet apart, and in raised beds about 4-12 inches high. Small watermelon plants from nurseries are transplanted into the soil beds composed of well-drained sandy soils.
- Watermelons can be considered both a fruit and a vegetable.
- It is classified as a fruit because it grows from a seed and has a sweet flavor.
- It is classified as a vegetable because it is harvested and cleared from a field like veggies, and belongs to the same family as pumpkins and other vegetables.
- Watermelons are a cousin to cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash.
- The United States is currently ranked 6th in the world for watermelon production.
- Florida, Texas, California, Georgia, and Indiana produce the most watermelons in the US.
- There are over 300 different varieties of watermelon including seeded, seedless, mini, and yellow & orange.
- Watermelon history dates back to the southern deserts of Africa where it still grows wild today.
- The first recorded watermelon harvest was 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
- The world’s heaviest watermelon was grown by Chris Kent of Tennessee. It weighed in at 350.5 pounds.
- A watermelon takes 90 days to grow - from planting to harvesting.
- Watermelon shelf life is 2-4 weeks after it was cut from the vine.
Watermelon not only taste great, but are a perfect addition to any healthy diet. Join Snap Fitness in celebrating National Watermelon day and enjoy some today!
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