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Posted by on Aug. 3, 2013 at 8:29 AM
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NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY

Today is National Watermelon Day!  Watermelon is a fruit enjoyed by many and is a favorite of summertime events such as picnics and fairs.  Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so refreshing.

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center (mesocarp and endocarp). Pepos are derived from an inferior ovary, and are characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon – although not in the genus Cucumis – has a smooth exterior rind (usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh (usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white).

Watermelons can grow very large and you will find competitions across the country which award prizes each year for the largest one.  The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more interesting watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.

So enjoy a slice of Watermelon today and celebrate with the rest of the country.

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How often do you eat watermelon?

by on Aug. 3, 2013 at 8:29 AM
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fammatthews4
by Trisha on Aug. 3, 2013 at 8:45 AM
Not very often since I'm the only one in the house that likes it.
atlmom2
by Susie on Aug. 3, 2013 at 8:45 AM
Never. I can't stand all melons.
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luckysevenwow
by Platinum Member on Aug. 3, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Only seedless, we love it in this house.

JessicaEmlaw
by on Aug. 3, 2013 at 10:19 AM

We eat it all the time

Barabell
by Barbara on Aug. 3, 2013 at 10:53 AM

We love it, but haven't bought any yet this year. It takes up a lot of fridge space, and our fridge has been packed lately.

shorty13417
by on Aug. 3, 2013 at 11:41 AM

not as often as i would like but it seems like if we buy one, i end up throwing half of it away  :(

boys2men2soon
by Kimberly on Aug. 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Often in the summer!    I will be enjoying some today at a BBQ.




steelcrazy
by Member on Aug. 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

 We have watermelon in the house pretty much all the time when it is in season here.  I pick one up once a week at the farmer's market.

gonecrazi
by on Aug. 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM

 We used to eat watermelon a lot when I was a kid. I haven't had it in years.

drfink
by Emily on Aug. 3, 2013 at 4:35 PM

 Often and even more often since the grocery store sells these watermelons that are about half the size of a full melon.Easy to keep cold in the crisper.

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