Farm Facts: Watermelon

May 16, 2011 By Blair Thomas

Harvested between July and Labor Day, the watermelon is the most consumed melon in the United States. Over 6 percent of all watermelons grown in the U.S. each year are grown in Indiana. Each harvesting season, more than 7,500 acres of watermelons are grown in Indiana and Illinois.

Watermelon grows on a vine

Consider the following facts about watermelons:

• The watermelon fruit is about 90 percent water.
• More than 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide.
• Watermelons vary in size from the 5-pound Sugar Baby to the 40-pound Jubilee.
• 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.
• Scientists believe the watermelon originated in tropical Africa.
• Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, the watermelon is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamins B6 and B1.

Watermelon Recipes:

Watermelon Tomato Salad With Feta Cheese

Watermelon Gazpacho

More melon recipes

Sources: Illiana Watermelon Association and the National Watermelon Association

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