Watermelon Facts and Trivia
Watermelon facts and trivia as a tribute to the farmers, farm workers and stall owners growing, harvesting, transporting and selling watermelons.
It’s time to celebrate the watermelon. Without this gigantic fruit people in south Italy would have to drink so much water, they’d slosh every time they moved.
We have every reason to be thankful to the farmers, farm workers and stall owners for the hard work of growing, harvesting, transporting and selling watermelons for the ridiculously low prices of 40 Euro cents per kilo. Here are some photos of the process along with 10 fun facts about watermelons.
Watermelons have been harvested in Egypt for 5 000 years, and the fruit is depicted in hieroglyphics on walls of ancient buildings.
According to Wikipedia there are more than 1200 varieties of watermelon.
A watermelon contains about 6% sugar and 92% water by weight
Watermelons range in size from less than 1 to more than 100 kilos. The world’s largest watermelon was produced by the Lloyd Bright family from Hope in Arkansas in the summer of 2005. It weighed 268.8 pounds.
In Japan they’ve figured out a way to produce square watermelons in order to make them easier to store in the refrigerator
Ripe watermelons contain most water, so make sure to select a watermelon that’s relatively heavy for its size (if you can lift it).
Slap the big water melon with the palm of your hand. If it is ripe, it will make a hollow sound like tapping a water jug. An unripe watermelon will make a solid sound, like thumping a piece of wood, while a thick sound indicates overripeness.
Follow your nose to the best cantaloupe melon. Sniff the blossom end opposite the stem to discover ripeness. A ripe cantaloupe will have a noticeable sweet smell.
There are innumerable watermelon festivals all over Italy in summer. Watch out for posters announcing ‘Sagra’ or ‘Festa dell’Anguria’.
The rind of watermelon can be stewed or served as pickles. Seeds make cute bracelets and necklaces, and people with a talent for woodwork can make the most amazing and artistic watermelon carvings.