Interesting facts about watermelons

Posted on Mar 11, 2022      260

Juicy, red, ripe watermelons - many people simply adore them, where they are available only in summer. No, of course, you can buy watermelon in winter if you want, but the quality may be mediocre, and the price will be very high. Although growing them, by the way, is not very difficult, especially compared to some other crops. Heat, suitable soil, a tolerable level of humidity, and the watermelon will grow like yeast, in some cases reaching a truly gigantic size.

Watermelon Facts

  • They come in a variety of colors, not just striped green. White or yellow, for example. The latter are especially popular in Southeast Asia.
  • The color of watermelon flesh can also vary from different shades of red to yellow or white.
  • In terms of botany, watermelon refers to pumpkin plants.
  • The Turkic word from which the name “watermelon” itself derives literally means “donkey cucumber”.
  • The historical homeland of the watermelon is in the southern regions of Africa.
  • China is the world’s number one producer of watermelons. It is followed by Turkey and Iran.
  • Watermelon stems can be up to 4 meters long.
  • Watermelon seeds comprise 20-25% fatty oil.
  • In 100 grams of watermelon, flesh contains only about 38 kcal, which makes it a dietary product.

  • Archaeologists have discovered ancient watermelon seeds in what is now Libya. They are about 7000 years old.
  • Some people in the south of Russia prepare from watermelons the so-called “nardek”, or watermelon honey, which is watermelon juice evaporated to where it becomes thick like regular honey.
  • The officially recorded record watermelon had a weight of almost 90 kilograms.
  • In Russia, a watermelon festival is held annually in the city of Kamyshin.
  • The Japanese have bred square varieties of watermelons to save on transportation, since the same container holds many more rectangular fruits than round ones.
  • There is a variety of watermelon that do not contain seeds. Like some other cultivated plants, such watermelons cannot reproduce without human help for obvious reasons.
  • The rind of the watermelon is also completely edible. It is used to make jams and jams, as well as pickled and then eaten. And watermelon seeds can be eaten roasted just like pumpkin seeds.
  • The watermelon fruit we eat is a berry, not a fruit.
  • Geneticists have bred a hybrid of pumpkin and watermelon and named it “cauliflower.” The color of the flesh was inherited from the pumpkin, but the juiciness, sweetness and pleasant aroma - from the watermelon. The major advantage of the hybrid is its unpretentiousness.
  • Watermelon has a lot of sugars, but all of them are well assimilated by the body, so eating watermelon perfectly quenches your thirst.
  • In Ukraine, in the Kherson region, there are two monuments to watermelons.

  • The International Watermelon Day is celebrated on August 3rd.
  • Besides the large watermelons, there are also dwarf watermelons, only 3-4 centimeters long. They taste like a fresh cucumber.
  • The most expensive variety of watermelons in the world is “Densuke”, bred in Japan. These fruits are distinguished by their black rind, red flesh and lack of seeds.
  • About 90% of the mass of the watermelon is water.
  • Watermelons in Russia grew in the XVII century, although they first got to Russia in the XII-XIII centuries.
  • Watermelon was represented on the walls of some ancient Egyptian tombs, as well as mentioned in ancient medical treatises.
  • In Europe it first appeared in the Middle Ages, during the Crusades.
  • The red color of watermelon flesh is given by lycopene, which is a powerful natural antioxidant.
  • There are now over 1,200 different varieties of watermelon.
  • Watermelon flesh contains almost no proteins or fats.