Watermelons are among the most beloved of fruits the world over. The sweet beckoning of this juicy and delicious fruit is found by many to be simply irresistible. If you’ve always liked the sweet taste of this wonderful fruit, it is worthwhile to learn some rather interesting facts about the watermelon.
The watermelon is a warm, long-season crop. Originating in the Kalahari Desert of Africa, watermelons have made its way across the Mediterranean Sea and by the 10th century, China was already biting into its sweet flesh.
Watermelons are crops that lend themselves well to small scale and part-time farming operations. There are multiple markets for growers with 5 acres or less, and several area operations, such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting, can be custom hired. Up until two decades ago, watermelon was mostly a seasonal fruit that appeared in the marketplace for a month or two and then disappeared as late summer and fall fruit plants were harvested.
Want some more watermelon facts? Did you know that watermelon is the top U.S. melon crop in terms of acreage, production, and per capita consumption? Because of higher unit values, cantaloupe is the leading melon concerning crop value. Increased watermelon yields reflect improved types and a larger percentage of acreage covered by irrigation, particularly in States like Texas. In addition, seedless varieties now account for a significant portion of the watermelon crop. With much higher seed costs and more challenging cultural demands, seedless watermelon acreage tends to be more intensively managed-resulting in less crop abandonment and higher per-acre yields.
It’s time now for some very interesting trivia on watermelons. This is your opportunity to discover a few watermelon facts which are real fun to understand. Did you understand that to find out if a watermelon is ripe (of course, without breaking it open), just knock it. If it sounds hollow then it’s ripe.
That’s the secret behind the title! In early times travelers used watermelons as a replacement for water.
Want more fun watermelon facts? Watermelons are found in diverse sizes and shapes and the latest addition is a’square’ watermelon grown by the Japanese. These square watermelons were created to conserve space and to make sure that the watermelons fit from the refrigerators simpler. The farmers set the watermelons in a square tempered glass box, once the watermelon is still growing on the vine. The square boxes are of exact dimensions of the Japanese refrigerators that allows full-grown watermelon to fit in conveniently and just in refrigerator shelves. The square watermelons are generally priced at a very high premium.