WATERMELON FUN FACTS
Did you know that the first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt?
That Watermelons are 92% water and early explorers used them as canteens?
In 1776 the first cookbook published in the United States contained a recipe for Watermelon Rind Pickles?
According to the Guinness Book of World Records that heaviest watermelon was grown by Lloyd Bright of Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 2005. I weighed over 268 pounds. Wonder how he got it to the contest?
By weight, watermelon is the most consumed melon in the United States, followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
Watermelon’s official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. Its closest cousins are cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
California is the 4th largest state by production in the U.S. at over 400 million pounds between 2007 and 2012.
The United States exported approximately 309 million pounds internationally between 2007 and 2012.
There are mainly six types of watermelon grown in the United States, they are –
Seedless (Triploid Hybrid), which are oblong and weigh between 10 to 20 pounds
Picnic Variety that include the Crimson Sweet, All Sweet and Jubilee that weight anywhere from 16 to 45 pounds and are oblong and round
Icebox watermelons are round and weight between 5 to 15 pounds
Yellow and Orange watermelons are round and weight anywhere between 10 to 30 pounds.
Overall there are approximately 1,200 varieties of watermelons grown in 96 countries worldwide and change every year.
Watermelon is also certified by the American Heart Association as being low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
For additional information about how nutritious the fruit is for you, how to grow them, what vitamins A, B6 and C they contain to help you body please log on to www.watermelon.org.