Fun Facts and FAQs

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Learn More About Melons!

Here are some fun things you might not know about melons, as well as some of the most frequently asked questions and resources for further information.

Fun Facts

  • How long have watermelons been around?

    The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.

  • Are watermelon rinds edible?

    The United States’ first cookbook, published in 1776, contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles. For more delicious watermelon ideas, visit our recipe page!

  • Are there other ways to enjoy watermelons?

    Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

  • Why is watermelon so refreshing?

    Watermelon is 92% water.

  • What is watermelon’s scientific name?

    Citrullus Lanatus. A member of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae, it is a cousin of cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash.

  • How big can watermelons grow?

    According to Guinness World Records, the world’s heaviest watermelon was 268.8 lbs (121.93 kg). It was grown by Lloyd Bright of Arkadelphia, AR, who entered it into the Annual Hope, AR, Big Watermelon Contest on September 3, 2005.

  • Which melon is the most popular in the United States?

    By weight, watermelon is the most consumed melon in the United States, followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.

  • Why do watermelons sometimes have different coloring?

    Watermelons owe their golden bottoms to the sun. (Yes, melons can get a suntan, too!)

FAQs


  • How much fruit is right for me?

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends eating about 2 cups of fruit a day. A 1” thick wedge of watermelon is about a 1-cup portion of fruit—which gets you half way there! www.choosemyplate.gov

  • Can fruit fight cancer?

    The American Institute of Cancer Research recommends a plant-based diet. Make vegetables and fruits—including watermelon—the focus of your meals. Many plant-based foods contain key nutrients and phytonutrients that may reduce the risks of some cancers. (www.aicr.org)

  • Do you have healthy recipes I can make at home?

    Yes! Visit our recipes page here.

  • Is watermelon an antioxidant?

    Watermelon is high in vitamins A (in the form of beta carotene) and C—both are antioxidants. Beyond its antioxidant power, vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds, keeps gums healthy, and helps boost immunity. And, watermelon is low in calories, fat free, sodium free, and cholesterol free!

  • Where can I go for more information?

    Start with these websites:

    www.aicr.org
    www.choosemyplate.gov
    www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org