Harvested between July and Labor Day, the watermelon is the most consumed melon in the United States. Did you know that this hefty melon can vary in size anywhere from five to 40 pounds? Take a look at some more interesting facts about this summertime treat:
1. The watermelon fruit is about 90 percent water.
2. More than 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide.
3. It takes a watermelon 80 to 95 days to become full-grown, and it is ready to harvest when the part of the rind touching the ground changes from white to pale yellow. The fruit thrives in sandy or sandy loam soils.
4. Scientists believe that the watermelon originated in tropical Africa.
5. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, the watermelon is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamins B6 and B1.
6. In 2010, U.S. watermelon production totaled 4.1 billion pounds. The value for the fresh market was $492 million.