Watermelons are a colorful summer fruit that have become a staple at family picnics and cookouts. Did you know that watermelons are 92% water? Sponsored by The National Watermelon Association, August 3 is Watermelon Day. Their website declares they are “Dedicated to making a positive difference in the business and lives of our members.” This is a delightful website, and I encourage you to visit. They a post quarterly publication called Vineland, and give agricultural news that affects watermelon growers. Their blog is called “Seeds for Thought.”
There is also a watermelon.org which represents 1500 watermelon growers. They recently had a watermelon carving contest. I have included two pictures of winning entries later in this blog. For the watermelon lover, there are all kinds of information and freebies on the site, as well as links to watermelon festivals so you can find your nearest.
Watermelons are thought to have originated in southern Africa, and have been cultivated since at least the second millennium BCE. Watermelon seeds were even found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. In the 7th century, watermelons were being cultivated in India and by the 10th century had reached China, which is today the world’s single largest watermelon producer. European colonists and slaves from Africa introduced the watermelon into the New World.
There has been effort put into growing seedless watermelons, which I don’t understand at all, since the only reason I see to eat them is to have seed spitting contests. However, some people actually do love the taste. So celebrate and enjoy a watermelon today!
Quotes about watermelons
The true Southern watermelon is a boon apart, and not to be mentioned with commoner things. It is chief of this world’s luxuries, king by the grace of God over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat. It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took we know it because she repented.–Mark Twain
We always try to do something fun on Fridays. We have snow cones or watermelon. We make it a little different from the normal school year.–Alan Hawkins
He said, “Onions are the only food that can make you cry” That was before I hit him in the face with a watermelon.–Unknown
So in our pride we ordered for breakfast an omelet, toast and coffee and what has just arrived is a tomato salad with onions, a dish of pickles, a big slice of watermelon and two bottles of cream soda.–John Steinbeck
Watermelon – it’s a good fruit. You eat, you drink, you wash your face.–Enrico Caruso
Oh, my dear, it’s a buffet. I have chicken a la king. I have cold turkey. I have hot rolls. I have cold ham. I have a big watermelon, all filled with fresh fruit.– Perle Mesta
Two watermelons cannot be held under one arm.–Turkish proverb
Many wagon-loads of enormous water-melons were brought to market every day, and I was sure to see groups of men, women, and children seated on the pavement round the spot where they were sold, sucking in prodigious quantities of this water fruit.– Frances Trollope
Pick up a sesame seed but lose sight of a watermelon.–Chinese saying
And to finish, some silly watermelon jokes:
Q: When do you go at red and stop at green?
A: When you’re eating a watermelon.
Q: Why do watermelons have fancy weddings?
A: Because they cantaloupe.
Q: What do you call fruit that commits egregious crimes?
A: a waterfelon.
Q: What do you have left after a pig eats a watermelon?
A: Pork rinds
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