Watermelons have reputed roots in Africa, with the first recorded harvest in Egypt somewhere around 5,000 years ago. From there, they were sprouted throughout Asia and Europe. Colonists brought seeds with them to the New World, where around four billion pounds of watermelons are now produced every year. It's easily the best-loved fruit in America. A member of the Cucurbitaceae family with – you guessed it – cucumber, as well as squash and pumpkin, watermelons can weigh anywhere from two to 70 pounds. They grow on long vines and rest on the ground while they mature. Often oblong and light green in color, they can also be round, spotted, or striped with white bands running from end to end.
Watermelon Fun Facts
· Of course, there's a National Watermelon Promotion Board. It reports various interesting watermelon facts, such as the world's heaviest watermelon, grown in Arkansas in 2005 and weighing in at 268 pounds.
· A hint for growers: a pale or buttery yellow spot on the bottom of a watermelon indicates ripeness.
Myth- Has anyone ever told you that if you eat a watermelon seed, a watermelon will grow in your stomach?
Truth- A show of hands, please. One, two, three, four…okay, pretty much everyone. Here’s the thing: Now that we’re adults, we all know that tall tale is absurd -your stomach has no nutrient-rich soil, no sunlight and, oh yes, it’s filled with corrosive acid, also these little babies are really good for you when soaked in water as they are excellent source of potassium, zinc and magnesium.