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Fun Facts About Watermelon You Should Know

By Ify Mgbemena 

Watermelon, with its juicy, sweet flesh, is a summertime favorite for many people. But beyond its refreshing taste, there’s a lot more to know about this beloved fruit. 

Here are some fun and fascinating facts about watermelon:

** Did you know that watermelon is technically a berry? It’s true! Botanically speaking, a berry is defined as a fruit that develops from the ovary of a flower and contains seeds on the inside. Watermelon fits this description perfectly, making it a berry, not just a fruit.

** Interestingly, watermelon lives up to its name with a whopping 90% water content, making it an excellent hydrating snack, especially during hot summer days. It’s nature’s way of helping you stay cool and refreshed.

** Watermelon has been cultivated for over 5,000 years, with evidence of its consumption dating back to ancient Egypt. It’s believed that the Egyptians even placed watermelons in the tombs of kings to nourish them in the afterlife.

** While the classic watermelon features red flesh and green rind, there are also yellow and orange-fleshed varieties. These colorful melons not only look vibrant but also offer slightly different flavors and nutritional profiles.

** Watermelon isn’t just delicious; it’s also packed with nutrients. It’s a good source of vitamins A and C, antioxidants like lycopene, and amino acids. Plus, it’s low in calories, making it a guilt-free treat.

** Nearly every part of the watermelon is edible. From the juicy flesh to the crunchy seeds and even the rind, there’s minimal waste when it comes to enjoying this fruit.

** In 2007, Oklahoma declared watermelon as its state vegetable (and fruit), recognizing its importance in agriculture and its contribution to the state’s economy.

** Watermelon holds several impressive world records. The heaviest watermelon on record weighed over 350 pounds (159 kg), while the longest watermelon was over 5 feet (1.5 meters) long!

** Watermelon plants rely on bees for pollination, making them an important part of bee populations and crop production. So next time you enjoy a slice of watermelon, thank the bees!

** Watermelon is often associated with summertime picnics, barbecues, and pool parties. Its refreshing taste and hydrating properties make it the perfect treat for beating the heat.

So whether you’re enjoying it sliced, diced, or blended into a refreshing drink, watermelon is a versatile and delicious fruit that’s as fun as it is nutritious.

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