Did you know that the early explorers used watermelons for canteens? And that watermelons were often placed in the burial tombs of kings to nourish them in the afterlife? Did you know eating watermelon could boost your self-esteem, or help your diabetes?
1. What percentage of watermelon is water?
2. Where did watermelons originate?
3. Can you eat the whole watermelon?
4. Is it a fruit, or vegetable?
5. If it is hollow in the center, is it still okay to eat?
6. Which country produces the most watermelons? The United States, Mexico, or China?
7. How large can a watermelon grow?
1. Watermelons are 92% water, therefore, they are an excellent source of hydration on a hot summer day. You can even hollow out a watermelon and use it as a keg with a spigot for cool watermelon-flavored water or juice. See how to make it by clicking on the link.
2. Melons are described in the Bible. “We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost–also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.” (Numbers 11:15/New International Version). The Israelites complaining because they missed the taste of melons. “The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt,” according to watermelon.org.
3. Every part of the watermelon is safe to eat, including the rind and the seeds. The first cookbook published in 1776 contained a recipe for pickled watermelon rind. My mother made watermelon rind pickles every summer. They were quite sweet, usually a whitish color, so she sometimes put red or green food coloring in to make them festive at Christmas time.
4. The watermelon is actually a cousin of pumpkins, cucumbers, and squash — all of which are vegetables.
5. If there is a cold snap, or a heat wave, it may cause an internal cracking of the inside of the watermelon. It actually has a name known as “Hollow Heart.” They are still okay to eat, and may taste sweeter.
6. China is the world’s largest producer of watermelons. The United States comes in fifth.
7. In 2013, the largest by far was grown in Tennessee weighing in at over 350 pounds.
Watermelon is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A helps your body maintain immunity and aids your eye health. Vitamin B6 produces antibodies helping maintain normal nerve functions. And Vitamin C helps your immune system fight against infections and viruses. Watermelon is also a great source of potassium – a necessary mineral for water balance. Having muscle cramps? Eat some watermelon – the potassium in it will help.
Watermelon not only boosts your “health esteem,” because it tastes so good and cool on a hot summer day, it also has plenty of vitamins your body needs to be refreshed.