- The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
- Over 1,200 varieties of watermelons are grown worldwide in 96 countries.
- In some Mediterranean countries, the taste of watermelon is paired with the salty taste of feta cheese.
- Watermelon is 92% water.
- Watermelon's official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
- By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
- Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
- The first cookbook published in the U.S. in 1796 contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles.
- In 1990, Bill Carson of Arrington, TN grew the largest watermelon at 262 pounds that is still on the record books (1998 ed. Guinness Book of World Records).
- Watermelon has no fat or cholesterol and is an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C and contains fiber and potassium.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Interesting Watermelon Facts
We are getting closer to the end of summer with each day. Alos our last 3 day weekend of the summer, Labor Day is right around the corner! How many of you miss those summer vactions from school? I only wish my job had a summer break.(and still get paid) But what would summer be with out the one thing we could eat and make a big mess and not get into trouble for. I am talking about watermelon! I have found some fun facts about that lovely green melon. I am alos going to be posting a few recipes that utilize watermelon in some unconventional ways. Ok unconventional for many of us. Here is one watermelon recipe that was posted a while back.