Watermelons

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Apple pie, corn on the cob, potato salad, lemonade, and WATERMELON are all foods synonymous with summer days.

I was thinking about watermelons recently, and decided to do a little research on the produce. I had no idea I would find so many fascinating and bizarre tid-bits. Did you know…

  • Watermelons are 92% water.
  • Early settlers used watermelons as canteens.
  • Watermelons and tomatoes have some of the highest concentrated levels of lycopene (an antioxidant compound and red carotenoid pigment).
  • Check out One Perfect Bite‘s watermelon smoothie recipe.
  • Japanese farmers, in an effort to maximize refrigerator space, created SQUARE watermelons!!! While watermelons are still growing, they’re placed inside square, glass cases. The watermelons grow into the space and shape provided. How cool is that!
  • A 268.8 pound watermelon in Hope, Arkansas, was certified by Guinness in 2006 for the world record.

Do you have any stories, trivia, or recipes to share about watermelons?

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8 comments to Watermelons

  • Heather

    The kids have a cute storybook about a square watermelon that never gets picked and gets made fun of. Then there’s a big storm, and all of the watermelons start to roll away. The square one saves the day by blocking the corner of the fence. I had no idea square ones were real! What a cool idea the Japanese had. And I love the idea of using them as a canteen!

    • Holly

      What a cute story. I, too, would have thought a square watermelon children’s book was just another cute fairy tale, until a couple weeks ago. A square watermelon – what an ingenious idea.

      • Heather

        I was telling someone about the square watermelons today when I realized that the kid’s story was about a pumpkin, not a watermelon!…”Spoiler the Square Pumpkin”

        • Holly

          A square pumpkin. Now that’s probably fictitious, or… is it?

          Whoever you were talking to, I’m sure you told them about this awesome blog, they just HAVE to check out, right? ;)

  • Amber

    Those Japanese are smart people, I tell ya!! :D

  • Watermelon is such a treat! We usually like it cold. We cut the whole thing up and put it in a container in the refrigerator. After about an hour or two, it is cold enough to savor.

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