July is National Watermelon Month, so we thought we would share some facts and pointers to get you in the spirit!
Picking a Good Watermelon
- Look the watermelon over. You are looking for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that has no bruises, cuts, or dents.
- Pick it up. The watermelon should be heavy, because it is 92% water.
- Turn it over. The underside of the watermelon should have a yellow spot from sitting on the ground and ripening in the sun.
Facts about Watermelons
- The watermelon is in the same botanical family as cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash.
- Watermelon is the most-consumed melon by weight in the United States.
- There are about 200-300 watermelon varieties in the U.S. and Mexico alone.
- The main five watermelon types are: seeded, seedless, mini, yellow, and orange.
Visit the National Watermelon Promotion Board’s website for more great watermelon tips, facts, and recipes!