Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Wonders of Watermelon


I hope you are having a fantastic summer! I've had more than my share of diversions and adventures this summer, and I'm taking a break from blogging for a week to catch my breath and spend time with extended family. 


But before I do, I want to share some tidbits with you about ........WATERMELON. 


We all know it's sweet, beautiful, refreshing, fat free, and fun to eat. 


But here's what I didn't know about watermelon until this summer:

  • Americans eat 4 billion pounds of it a year.
  • It's considered a fruit and a vegetable. 
  • It's high in vitamins A, B6, and C, plus thiamine, magnesium, and potassium.
  • It contains more of the antioxidant, lycopene, than any other fruit or vegetable.
  • The first known watermelon harvest was 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
  • When looking for a ripe watermelon, turn the green beauty over and look for a creamy yellow spot that tells you it sat on the ground and ripened on the vine.    

Last year we had an amazing watermelon harvest, and we did nothing special to warrant it -- just good Durham soil and worm castings from the Worm Farm down the street. Some fruit were yellow fleshed, some a light orange, and some the traditional deep pink. Several were over 35 pounds! Our largest was almost as big as our granddaughter, and weighed 42 lbs (more than twice her weight)!!!! 



Grandpa & Ember with some of  last year's harvest.
So, while I'm taking my blog-break, see how much you can contribute to the 4 billion pounds of watermelon that needs to be eaten this year.



3 comments:

  1. Wow, that's one great watermelon! Great photo of your granddaughter...how cute!

    I liked your watermelon facts too.

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