Wednesday, 25 July 2012 7 facts about watermelons

  1. Watermelons have been harvested in Egypt for 5 000 years, and the fruit is depicted in hieroglyphics on walls of ancient buildings.
  2. According to Wikipedia there are more than 1200 varieties of watermelon.
  3. A watermelon contains about 6% sugar and 92% water by weight.
  4. The world’s largest watermelon was produced by the Lloyd Bright family from Hope in Arkansas in the summer of 2005. It weighed 268.8 pounds.
  5. In Japan they’ve figured out a way to produce square watermelons in order to make them easier to store in the refrigerator.
  6. Follow your nose to the best cantaloupe melon. Sniff the blossom end opposite the stem to discover ripeness. A ripe cantaloupe will have a noticeable sweet smell.
  7. The rind of watermelon can be stewed or served as pickles.