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5 Interesting Facts About Watermelon

Summertime is the time of year that almost all of us can’t wait to arrive.  And what pairs perfectly with summertime—well watermelon of course!  However, even though millions of pounds of watermelon is consumed by Americans each summer, there are a few facts about this delicious treat that many are not aware of.

Zero Waste

Unlike many other types of fruits, the watermelon is a zero-waste fruit in that 100% of it can be used.  Although it is true that most people consume only the red, sweet juicy middle portion, everything down to the rind can be made use of.  How you are probably asking?  Pickled watermelon rind is a tasty treat, and is delicious when added to your favorite salad.

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Its All About The Spot

With many other melons, you can use your sense of smell to determine overall ripeness.  However, with a watermelon, this is not possible.  Instead, you will need to look for the yellow spot where the melon rested on the ground while growing.  Make sure that this spot is a creamy yellow, and you are assured of having a wonderfully ripened specimen.

Ditch The Bowl

Going back to the previous mentioning of watermelon being a zero-waste fruit, its hollowed-out interior makes for a perfect serving bowl.  This is due to the fact that rind will remain colder than any bowl out there, affording the ability to keep the contents colder longer.  It is almost as if having a small, portable refrigerator.

Value

While there is a choice of sizes of watermelons, a normal-sized one has the ability to provide for three dozen people.  Although it is assured that you do not have this many people in your house, you will have plenty of the fruit left to last all week long.

The Stripes

The stripes on a watermelon are not just for looks, as it ends up they have a meaning.  There are over 1200 varieties of watermelon on the market today and in order to determine which variety is which just look at the stripes.  Do not be confused, thinking that the stripes also determine ripeness, because as stated before, that is best determined by the spot.