Friday, August 07, 2009

Summer Produce:Watermelon

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!

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