National Watermelon Day

Green thick rind, red fleshy centre, small black pips and a delicious fresh taste. It’s the watermelon, and every year on the 3rd of August this warm-season treat is celebrated around the world for its sweet taste and health benefits.

This unique celebration started off in 1878, in Colorado, USA. Aptly named, the watermelon is made out of 90% water and was first harvested in Egypt around 5000 years ago. Watermelon is now produced in 1200 variety in 96 countries around the world. Every part of the watermelon is edible even the rind and seeds, and it is classified as vegetable, related to pumpkins and cucumbers. China is the highest producer of watermelons and it is customary in China and Japan to take a watermelon as a gift to bring to a host.

Here are some tips to choose a sweet and juicy watermelon:

  1. Watermelons with closer gaps between the lines at the bottom are better since this means thinner skin.
  2. A curly stem means the watermelon is sweeter.
  3. Sweet watermelons have a darker skin.
  4. Melons with neat lines are better.

Slice it up, share and enjoy!