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.
  1. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
  2. Over 1,200 varieties of watermelons are grown worldwide in 96 countries.
  3. In some Mediterranean countries, the taste of watermelon is paired with the salty taste of feta cheese.
  4. Watermelon is 92% water.
  5. Watermelon's official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
  6. By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
  7. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
  8. The first cookbook published in the U.S. in 1796 contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles.
  9. 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).
  10. Watermelon has no fat or cholesterol and is an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C and contains fiber and potassium.