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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Watermelon trivia


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Watermelon is in the beginning of August

History and Facts:

Florida ranks number one nationally in the production of watermelons, accounting for 37.9 percent of the nation's sales in 1992.
Nutritional Value:
Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C, and is also a good source of vitamin A and potassium. Watermelon is also a good source of dietary fiber, aiding in digestion.


Storage:

Watermelons should be stored in temperatures of 50 to 60 degrees fahrenheit, with a relative humidity of 90 percent. Lower temperatures may subject melons to chill injury. Typical shelf life is 14 to 21 days.


MORE WATERMELON FACTS

Watermelons are native to southern Africa, but have been known in India since prehistoric times, and in Egypt for 6,000 years.
In 1939 seedless watermelon was developed by treating the unpollinated flowers of watermelons with a specific acid, which resulted in the seedless watermelon.
Cordele, Georgia claims to be the Watermelon Capital of the


WATERMELON SEEDS

The world record for watermelon seed spitting is held by Jack Dietz of Chicago, who launched a seed a distance of 66 feet 11 inches in March 1989.


MORE FACTS
Watermelon contains high amounts of lycopene, the stuff that makes it red. Lycopene is good for you, and helps prevent heart disease.
-Watermelon has many vitamins, including A and C.
-Watermelon grows mainly in the summer and fall, but it can be grown year-round. -The U.S. ranks 3rd in watermelon production.
~It’s a great time to put watermelon on your menu! Did you know that a serving of watermelon has only 80 calories and no fat? It is also low in sodium and high in vitamin C.
-There are about 50 varieties of watermelons throughout the United States, classified into four general categories: Allsweet, Ice box, Seedless and Yellow Flesh.
-The average watermelon weighs about 20 pounds yielding 70% edible product and 30% rind.
-In today’s global market, top quality melons are available year-round, and are especially plentiful during their peak season April through October.
-As a rule, a good quality watermelon is firm and symmetrical and feels heavy for its size.
-Flesh should have a firm texture, bright color and minimal white streaks.
-Seeded varieties should have fully mature, hard seeds.
-A ripe melon has a creamy white or yellowish underside where the fruit rested on the ground: the rind has a healthy sheen.
-Watermelon should be ripe upon arrival. Once picked, their sugar content does not increase.
-Compared to most fruits, watermelons need a more “tropical” climate…a thermometer reading Of 55 degrees F is ideal.
-Whole melons will keep for 7 to 10 days at room temperature. Store them too long, and they will lose flavor and texture.
You can discuss obvious facts like color, shape, size, hardness, juiciness etc.

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