Five fun facts about watermelons
1) By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew (watermelon.org).
2) Watermelon is a vegetable, not a fruit; it is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash (paeats.com).
3) The United States “ranks sixth in worldwide production of watermelons, with Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and Indiana consistently in the lead” (watermelon.org).
4) A watermelon will not grow in your tummy if you eat the seeds. In fact, the seeds are actually nutritious and contain high levels of magnesium, zinc and protein. However, chew the seeds before swallowing, for optimum nutrition (gardeningchannel.com).
5) Do you reaalllllyyy like watermelon and hate to drive? Grow one like Chris Kent did, and you won’t have to make a trip to the store for a long while. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Kent, of Sevierville, Tenn., grew the world’s heaviest watermelon in 2013; it weighed 350.5 pounds (watermelon.org).
Because watermelons are so plentiful during summer in Florida — and because they make a great, and cheap, ingredient in a wide variety of dishes and drinks — here is a website that provides 11 recipes. They range from a cold, refreshing Watermelon-Mint Cooler to Asian Pork Burgers With Minted Watermelon: www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/popular-ingredients/watermelon-recipes.
One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) contains (medicalnewstoday.com):
43 calories; 0 grams of fat; 2 milligrams of sodium; 11 g of carbohydrate (including 9 g of sugar); 1 g of fiber.
One cup of watermelon also provides the following percentage of daily vitamins: 17 percent of vitamin A; 21 percent of vitamin C.