Hi, man. Come on in. You’re welcome to hang out with us for awhile, but don’t expect too much action around here - you see we like things cool and easy. We don’t like to be hassled, man, we just want to chill out with friends. After all, we’re synonymous with long, hot summers and lazy days at the beach, or by a favourite swimming spot, or picnics in the bush or just your own back yard - we’re so cool and refreshing, man.
The most energetic we ever get is when we participate in seed spitting contests. Have you and your friends ever done that - see how far you can spit our seeds? It’s great fun isn’t it - just remember don’t leave a mess or you’ll get us into trouble. Let me tell you more about us.
We belong to the melon family and can be round, soccer ball-size or an elongated, egg shape with smooth, hard, thick, green or yellow skin or rind. Some of us are strongly striped with dark green markings, whilst others are only faintly mottled with dark green. Our flesh can vary from red to yellow and our dark brown seeds are arranged around our centre.
Did you know?
Other varieties include:
Why Watermelons Are Good To Eat
How They are Grown and Harvested
We grow on a ground hugging vine which has long, soft, flexible shoots which can be up to 1.8-3 metres long. Each stem has snake-like tendrils which assist the vine to climb. Its leaves are large, bright green, slightly hairy, and have three or five lobes. Its flowers are one sex, with male and female flowers growing separately on the same plant.
We can take up to 4 months after planting before we’re ready to be picked. The best way to judge if we’re ripe is to tap us and if we make a hollow, drum-like sound, then we’re ready for harvesting, by cutting our stem from the vine.
How to Keep Watermelons
Prime Growing Areas
History of Watermelons
Today, we have been significantly improved and bear little resemblance to the original types.
Fun Ways to Eat Watermelon
We can be cut in half and our pink flesh scooped out or removed with a melon baller. Fill our shell with fresh fruit or even a savoury salad. Pieces or balls of our flesh can be threaded on skewers for fruit kebabs, added to salads, fruit platters, or pureed for sorbets, soup or a drink.
Don’t discard our rind either. Remove our green skin and pink flesh and cook our white rind as a vegetable. Don’t wait for a hot day, we’re refreshing any time.
Watermelon and Honeydew Iceblock
Watermelon Rind, Bacon and Sun-dried Tomatoes
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