Skip to comments.Today is National Watermelon Day
Posted on 08/03/2021 10:40:54 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
Observed annually on August 3.
Popular during the summer, especially at cookouts and picnics, watermelon is celebrated today with National Watermelon Day. There are over 1,200 varieties of watermelon. In the Western Hemisphere, it is grown in the United States, Mexico, Central America—particularly in Guatemala and Costa Rica—and South America. More than 30 states in the United States grow watermelon, the leading ones being Florida, Texas, California, Georgia, and Indiana. Watermelon is available year-round in the United States because of supply from south of the border.
Watermelon is usually considered to be a fruit and eaten as one, but it can also be considered to be a vegetable and eaten as such. Its scientific name is citrullus lanatus, and it is a member of the cucurbitaceae gourd family along with cucumbers, pumpkins, squash, and some melons. Red and pink watermelon may be the most common, but it can also be white, yellow, and orange. It comes in various sizes, with or without seeds. Seedless watermelon, invented in the twentieth century, has few or no mature, black seeds. Seedless watermelon may appear to have white seeds, but these are not seeds, just empty seed coats where seeds didn't develop.
The first watermelons were harvested in ancient Egypt in around 3,000 BC. Watermelons are displayed in Egypt hieroglyphics from the time and were placed in the tombs of pharaohs to provide them nourishment for the afterlife. It wasn't until about 1615 AD that the term "watermelon" first appeared in the English dictionary.
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I thought they had a whole month for watermellons.
My fav is yellow watermelon. Can’t find it hardly at all any more......................
i dont know where that kid is today but here is the origin of that meme
Watermelon Ice Cream
Juice from half a small watermelon, passed through a real fine sieve or cheesecloth (there must be NO seeds or solids!!) should be about 3 or 4 cups
1 and 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
Mix and run that through your ice cream maker
Sounds MUCH better than the watermelon flavored beer I sampled recently.
Great timing for Barry’s birthday! No wonder 600 are coming.
So when is national fried chicken day?
In Southern California during the 1950’s and most of the ‘60’s, there were only two varieties of watermelon available—the dark-green Klondike, which became available in the early summer, and the striped Rattlesnake, which appeared in the late summer. We thought the Rattlesnakes tasted somewhat better.
Friendly’s makes something called a Wattamelon(spelled that way on purpose)roll. I’ve never tried it, but it looks delicious.
Yaas, boss - dat sho’ am some fiiine waddymelon. I do loves me some waddymelon.
Sweeter than red but with no lycopene, the yellow variety was thought to have been grown before the red variety in Africa.
How does one plant seedless watermelon vines?
From seeds from the hybrid parent stock, which are, of course, seeded.
Kind of like how a mule is sterile.
Is this some sort of celebration of “Climate Change”?
The tree-huggers are Green on the outside, and Red on the inside.
Big watermelon 🍉 fan. I got some from TJs last night and ate it all. Gonna have to get more today.
We ain’t as dumb
as you think we is
We’ll, if not raaaaaaacist, then it’s at least “cultural appropriation “
Either way, it’s got to go.
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