Fun Facts Of The Week: Watermelon 🍉

  • The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
  • Watermelon is 92% water and 6% sugar
  • Watermelon’s official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash.
  • Watermelon usually has red flesh, but some watermelon has white, yellow, orange or even green flesh.
  • Watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., next to cantaloupe and honeydew.
  • According to Guinness World Record, the world’s heaviest watermelon was grown by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tennessee in 2013, weighing at 350.5lb.
  • The United States currently ranks 5th in worldwide production of watermelon.
  • Wild watermelon originated in South Africa.
  • Watermelon can be classified as fruit and vegetable. It is a fruit because it is grown from a seed. It is a vegetable because it is a member of the same family as cucumber, pumpkin, and squash.
  • The watermelon is the official state vegetable of Oklahoma.
  • China is the world largest producer of watermelon
  • There are more than 1200 varieties of watermelon that comes in various weight, size, shape, and color.
    • Watermelon rind is edible and actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh
    • Watermelon help flushes out kidney stones and also prevent stone formation
    • Watermelon has more lycopene than raw tomatoes
    • Watermelon juice may relieve muscle soreness
    • Everyone loves watermelon, dog, cats, turtles…
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