Fun facts about 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…