Watermelon. A sure sign of summer. Now that there are seedless watermelons, they are even easier to eat.
Did you know?
- Seedless watermelons were invented over 50 years ago?
- Seedless doesn't mean no seeds, just no mature black seeds. The white seed coats are meant to be eaten.
- Watermelon breeders created seedless watermelons by making a sterile hybrid which is created by crossing male pollen for a watermelon with a female watermelon flower, the same procedure used to breed mules (crossing a horse with a donkey and creating a sterile product) This process does not involve genetic modification.
- Seedless watermelons NEED seeded watermelons in order to be pollinated. So, in a watermelon field there will be 75% seedless variety and 25% seeded variety.
- Hives of bees are brought into the field to cross pollinate the plants
- Seedless watermelons are more difficult to grow than seeded. They require hot house starting and can be placed in the ground when the temperature reaches 70 degrees
- The first recorded watermelon occurred 5,000 years ago in Egypt
- There are over 1,200 varieties of watermelon grown all over the world
- Watermelons are 92% water
- Watermelon is the most consumed melon in the US, followed by cantaloupe the honeydew.
- 44 of the 50 Unites States grow watermelons!
- A 1796 cookbook contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles!
- The largest watermelon on record is 262 pounds grown in 1990.
- Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin A, B6 and vitamin C. It contains fiber and potassium.
coming soon, watermelon recipes!