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National Watermelon Day
Happy Watermelon Day to you! Did you know that Watermelons are my favorite thing about the Summer!
17 Juicy Facts about Watermelons
- Watermelon is not a fruit at all, but something like a vegetable that is a relative of cucumbers and pumpkins and squash.
- Watermelon's official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae.
- Watermelons are said to have been first developed in the Kalahari Desert in Africa, and the first ever recorded harvest took place about 5,000 years ago in Egypt. It is believed the ancient Egyptians honored the fruit in the form of hieroglyphics on the walls of their ancient buildings. The fruit was also placed inside the tombs of the kings in Egypt, to provide them nourishment in the afterlife.
- Watermelon is the official state vegetable of Oklahoma.
- A watermelon takes about 90 days to grow, from planting to harvesting.
- You can consume all parts of the fruit, even the rind and the seeds.
- A watermelon is over 90 percent water. The Watermelon Promotion Board states the fruit is made up of 92 percent water and is ideal for consumption in summers as it helps you stay hydrated.
- Watermelon is a good source of Vitamin A and C, potassium and magnesium.
- The United States ranks sixth worldwide among the list of watermelon producers. The states of California, Texas, Florida, Georgia and Indiana are the largest producers of the fruit in the country.
- China is the largest watermelon producing country in the world, growing almost 72 million tons of the fruit annually. It is followed by Turkey, which produces just over 4 million tons per year.
- The citron melon, found in southern Africa, is believed to be a possible ancestor of the watermelon. However, horticulturalist Harry Paris told National Geographic there was evidence that indicated humans enjoyed the fruit even before farming began in southern Africa.
- The National Watermelon Day started gaining popularity in 2009, but search results and stats on Google Trends showed searches for "National Watermelon Day" being made as early as 2004. Since 2009, searches for the food holiday has only gone north.
- More than 300 varieties of watermelon are cultivated in the United States and South America. The most common watermelon options are seeded, seedless, mini and yellow & orange.
- A watermelon’s stripes are indicators of variety, but with over 1,200 varieties grown in 96 countries worldwide, there are many, many variations. In fact, some watermelons don't even have stripes.
- According to Guinness World Records, the world’s heaviest watermelon was grown by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tennessee in 2013, weighing in at 350.5 lbs
- Seedless Watermelons Were First Developed in Japan in 1939.
- Farmers in Japan have started growing cube shaped watermelons by growing them in glass boxes where they assume the shape of the box.
I love being able to bite into a sweet juicy slice of watermelon and not have my lipstick smear! I know I've said it before, but this Lipstick (that I happen to sell) in quite remarkable!
And some of the colors even match the color of Watermelon - send me a message!
This trip marked Mika's third time taking flight!
Well I went shopping alright...
But I actually didn't get to any of my packing quite yet. I really better get it done today. I don't have any time to do it tomorrow, or any other day before we leave!
While out shopping for things that were on my list, I also spotted a pair of cute and quite comfy sandals that I figured I should pick up - since the shoes fit! Bum ba-dum bum bum bum
However by the time I got home and the mail had come, there was coupon for a whooping 30% off plus an additional 10% off purchases made at Kohl's over this next coming weekend - so guess what...
I'm gonna be a bit of an Indian giver and return and repurchase the items bought for the kids (unless they allow me to do a price adjustment).
So I guess I'll be heading back to Kohl's tomorrow!
Now, not to sound like a broken record I've gotta go pack.
See ya tomorrow,