Things I’ve learned about watermelon.

Posted: September 16, 2017 in Food, Humor, Miscellaneous
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Yesterday was our 33rd anniversary, which is why I was absent from the online world.  .  As my husband’s favorite food in the world might be watermelon, I thought I’d honor him by sharing a few things I’ve learned about watermelon since indulging him in this low-calorie, good-for-you treat as often as possible.  🙂

  1. Seedless watermelon aren’t, so don’t be taken aback or angry when you cut open that seedless melon, only to find little translucent “seeds”, really the coatings of seeds that haven’t matured.  They can’t mature and they can’t reproduce, so don’t plan on planting any to get your next year’s melons. *
  2. In China, watermelon consumers like to either eat the seeds from regular watermelon or toast them, while Americans tend to spit them out…or avoid them by buying “seedless” melons.
  3. No matter what you read about how to pick the right watermelon (tap them, look for a yellow patch, etc.), there’s no guarantee!  Just take your chances and enjoy.
  4. The best time to cut a watermelon is the day you’re going to put your garbage out for pick-up, unless you mulch, in which case you may feel free to cut one whenever you darn well please!  All those rinds are heavy, too!
  5. Watermelon rinds are great for putting on top of your shredded, private information.  Our recycling requires shredded material to be bagged which, to me, defeats the purpose, even though no one is likely to be able to reassemble our shreddings.  But put watermelon rinds or other wet food garbage on top and if anyone wants to try to steal information from that bag, have at it and good luck.
  6. I can see why someone invented watermelon rind pickles.  She probably got tired of throwing out all those rinds.
  7. The water part of watermelon isn’t just there for fun.  Once cut, the melon will lose, well, red water.  To keep the pieces lasting longer, drain that off every day…if the melon lasts that long.
  8. Watermelon, although about 92% water, is distressingly good for you.  (Don’t stop eating it, though!!)  It has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids, and a bit of potassium. It’s also is fat-free, and low in sodium and calories (40 calories per cup.)
  9. If turned into a math formula: my husband’s ability to eat watermelon >>>>>the space in the fridge for the cut melon.  (That’s a greater-than sign to the 5th power, BTW.)
  10. Egyptians placed watermelons in the burial tombs of kings to nourish them in the afterlife.  For more fun facts about watermelon, head over to this LiveScience page.
  11. There’s lively debate about whether a watermelon is a fruit or a vegetable.  According to Natural Health ezine:  Most of us automatically assume that a watermelon is a fruit, but technically it is counted as a vegetable (The Oklahoma State Senate passed a bill on 17 April 2007 declaring watermelon as the official state vegetable, with some controversy surrounding whether a watermelon is a fruit.). It is related to the cucumber, squash and pumpkin plants. The watermelon is classified as Citrullus Lanatu. Regardless of whether the watermelon is a fruit or vegetable, it is known to be very healthy.
  12. The heaviest watermelon weighed 268.8 lbs./121.93 kg (I wouldn’t want to pay by the pound for that one).  My watermelon-loving spouse says that would be big enough to make a casket and that’s how he’d like to be buried.  He adds that would be a green burial in both senses of the word.  I’m not sure what I can add after that, so I guess that makes this the end of my post!  🙂

*But wait, there’s just a bit more.  For anyone interested in how you can grow seedless watermelon if the seeds really aren’t seeds, here’s an explanation from a horticultural newsletter.

The obvious question asked about growing seedless watermelons is: “How does one obtain seed of a seedless watermelon?” Obviously, you cannot save seed from a seedless watermelon. So, where do the seeds come from? Simply stated, the number of chromosomes (the threadlike bodies within cells that contain the inheritance units called genes) in a normal watermelon plant is doubled by the use of the chemical colchicine. Doubling a normal (diploid) watermelon results in a tetraploid plant (one having four sets of chromosomes). When the tetraploid plant is bred back, or pollinated, by a diploid or normal plant, the resulting seed produces a triploid plant that is basically a “mule” of the plant kingdom, and it produces seedless watermelons. Seed of seedless varieties are available from most major seed companies.

Comments
  1. Leya says:

    That was a great deal I did not know about this fruit/vegetable! Thank you for sharing the list – and congrats to you two!

  2. happyface313 says:

    🙂 Wow, how very interesting, Janet!
    I love watermelons, too. And picking them is tricky. Normally I go for the ones from the market. Yet they are so huge, that they take up half the fridge. I cut them very quickly into pieces. They never last very long.
    Regarding the shredded paper in the trash. And in case you don’t have watermelony stuff available: I tear out “important” information such as addresses etc. and stick those labels (that I’ve torn apart into tiny pieces) into the old coffee filters. That pretty much does the trick, too.
    A very HAPPY day to you and yours and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
    Claudia 🙂

    • Thanks, Claudia. We had an excellent day.

      Before we had a shredder, I used to rip up important information and put it on wet garbage, as we don’t drink coffee. Same idea, though. 🙂

      Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.

      janet

  3. Victo Dolore says:

    Happy late anniversary!

  4. Greetings on your anniversary. 🙂 I like watermelon, and my husband loves it – good watermelon that is. And, our chickens love all the leftover pieces whether it is good or not. 🙂

  5. Dan Antion says:

    My wife loves watermelon. I do too, but not as much as she does. She might like the idea of a watermelon casket. Give your hubs a pat on the back for that one.

  6. marianallen says:

    I never thought of eating the seeds! I have a sister-in-law who could probably beat anybody in a watermelon-loving contest. I’ll have to tell her about eating the seeds. The grown-ups always told us that eating watermelon seeds is what made babies grow in your belly. They could prove it by pointing out ladies who had done it, and we could see for ourselves that it was true!

  7. I didn’t know it was thought of as a vegetable. It has seeds, so a fruit! 🙂

    I enjoy watermelon icy cold, but I love cantaloupes best of the melons. He-Man on the other hand loves Watermelon and has a knack for picking ripe, sweet, juicy ones.

    I hope your Anniversary Day was romantic and wonderful. xx

  8. Jet Eliot says:

    Happy Anniversary Janet, and may you have many more watermelons. 😉

  9. scr4pl80 says:

    Congrats on the anniversary, we had our 33rd in May. I don’t know if you’ve said it anywhere but if your husband’s name is Bill I’ll think we are living in parallel lives, Janet. Love watermelon and so thankful it is something healthy! Janet as well.

  10. renxkyoko says:

    My aunt who had a cake business made glazed , preserved watermelon rinds for her fruitcakes.

  11. Yuvi's Buzz says:

    Hi Janet, those are some great facts about the fruit. And the rind pickles point actually made me laugh!😃 Nicely written!

  12. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Congratulations on 33 years together, Janet. No small feat in today’s society.

    BTW, as fate has it we picked up a small seedless watermelon yesterday for a treat this weekend. Thanks for the melon facts, I had no idea about most of them until now.
    Ω

  13. Happy anniversary! Your husband sounds like a keeper- Anyone who loves watermelon is okay by me, since that’s one of my favorite foods, too. I can easily plow through a large melon by myself in just two days, at most. Maybe not so much if it could rival the record for the largest one though.. That sounds both dreamy and intimidating! I wonder if it was still sweet and tasty, or bland for being that size?

  14. joey says:

    That was delightful! Thanks for sharing all that. I love to learn stuff 🙂 I love watermelon, too. I prefer the seeded varieties and I eat the seeds. They’re sweeter, to me, the seeded. I have always counted it as a vegetable, because nutrition-wise, it rates up there with leafy greens.
    I had a volunteer watermelon in my garden a few years back. (from compost) I was told to yank that sucker up quickly, lest I have a watermelon patch and so I did. Best one I’ve ever eaten! Sometimes I think maybe part of the back 40 could be used as a pumpkin and melon patch, but I’ve been assured it’s hard to maintain control.
    Anyway, I’m sure you had a lovely anniversary and thanks again for sharing these fun facts 🙂

  15. Megha says:

    Woooow!!! Lot of information about watermelon 🍉 Thnx for sharing 😊

  16. restlessjo says:

    Belated happy anniversary, Janet! I’m sure it was 🙂 🙂 Do you grow watermelon from seed yourself?

  17. This is a fun read and informative.
    Happy Anniversary 😍

  18. Su Leslie says:

    Wow. So much I didn’t know about watermelon. What I do know is that despite the Big T claiming it is his favourite fruit (I’ll have to put him right on that one), I buy them and he doesn’t eat them. Too much effort I suspect. Or maybe it’s that all along, deep down he knew they are vegetables. Hope you have a wonderful anniversary Janet.

  19. Congratulations to both of you!

  20. Joanne Sisco says:

    … and now I really want some watermelon!

  21. JANE says:

    Wow,Janet! That’s a remarkable list of watermelon 🍉 information. Hope you won’t mind if I disagree with Oklahoma state… and think of watermelon as a fruit-
    Pepo: Berry with a hard, thick rind; typical fruit of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae). E.g. watermelon, cucumber, squash, cantelope and pumpkin.
    This information chart from William &Mary is a neat resource that shows fruit types-

    http://www.resnet.wm.edu/~mcmath/bio205/fruits.html

  22. Watermelon rind pickles. I didn’t know such a thing existed. I’d like to try it some day (but not make it).

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