Even if you don’t like watermelon, you can still celebrate National Watermelon Day on August 3rd. More than likely, you know someone who loves watermelon. Someone in your family maybe or one of your friends. Even your dog! Here are some interesting fun facts about watermelons:
- Every piece of watermelon you eat is 92% water. So if you are thirsty and all you have is a watermelon, you don’t have to be thirsty any more. Just eat some watermelon. It also has Vitamin A and C as well as magnesium and potassium.
- The U.S. is the sixth in worldwide growth of watermelon. The states that grow the most are Indiana, Georgia, California, Texas, and Florida.
- There are more than 300 types of watermelon. Some of these include the Crimson Sweet, Charleston Grey, Black Diamond, Bijou, and Calsweet.
- The heaviest watermelon in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records it 350.5 pounds. It was grown in 2013 in Sevierville, Tennessee by Chris Kent.
- The very first watermelon grown was about 5,000 years ago in Egypt. Although some say it originated in Africa, that is up for debate since Egypt is part of Africa. One thing we know for sure is that the seedless watermelon was first grown in Japan in 1939.
- Watermelons were sometimes buried in the tombs of kings to help nourish them in the afterlife. Interesting thought.
- You can eat the rind of the watermelon (the green part). I have not tried it though. Here is a recipe for watermelon rind preserves from my friend and fellow Dave’s Gardener, Melody.
- The word watermelon was first defined in the dictionary in 1615. I am not sure what the definition was though. However, now it is defined as " a large oblong or roundish fruit with a hard green or white rind often striped or variegated, a sweet watery pink, yellowish, or red pulp, and usually many seeds."
- In the old days, explorers used watermelons as canteens. Wow.
- It takes approximately 90 days to grow a watermelon. So I hope you already planted yours this year.
Some Ideas for National Watermelon Day
As you can see, watermelons have been around for a long time. Not so sure about eating the rind since I have never tried it but if you have, drop us your opinion in the comments below. Also, using a watermelon as a canteen seems really heavy. But I guess if you used a small one it would be okay. And burying watermelons with the dead seems nice. I think I want one to be buried with me. And some M&Ms. So, how to celebrate National Watermelon Day… here are some ideas.
Have a Watermelon Party
Did you know there is a rooster inside of a watermelon? Seriously. When you cut the watermelon a certain way, each piece contains part of the core and when you rip it off, it looks like a rooster’s comb. Anyway, if you don’t have a bunch of ripe watermelons in your garden yet, go to the supermarket and get some and have a watermelon party. Invite all your friends and family and think of different ways to serve the delicious red fruit. Some people even infuse it with alcohol like vodka.
Plant Some Watermelons
You can grow watermelons too. It doesn't matter where you live, just get some seeds and plant them. In fact, if you are not much of a gardener, you can even plant a patio watermelon garden. You have to get some special seeds that grow “personal-sized” watermelons from three to seven pounds each. Some of these include the Mexican Mini Watermelon, Cucamelon, Caidud Thumb Watermelons, and Petite Treat. Get a large planter and some cage for the vines to grow on and let them grow. Make sure they get plenty of sunshine and water. Let me know how this works for you.
Have you ever seen Gallagher the comedian? If you are young, probably not. He was a comedian back when I was a kid, many eons ago. His real name is Leo Anthony Gallagher, Jr. and he is 72 years old now. Not sure if he is still funny but I bet he is. Anyway, he had a hilarious skit he did called the Sledge-O-Matic, where he would use a sledgehammer to smash watermelons and other messy fruit. And the people close to the stage would get covered in watermelon and sticky juice. So, have your own smashing watermelon day. You can play songs by the "Smashing Pumpkins!" But use a clean hammer and a big clean tarp so you can eat the smashed pieces. You don’t want it to go to waste.
You have probably seen these on Pinterest or even Facebook. People started carving watermelons years ago similar to pumpkins. They can make some awesome designs and works of art out of these yummy fruits. Some make faces, bouquets of flowers, animals, and even baskets out of them.
You know you want to. Everyone does it. You have to show everyone on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or other social media sites what you are doing to celebrate National Watermelon Day. Share some pics or a video of you eating or harvesting a watermelon. Let everyone see how fun it is to smash a watermelon. Or whatever else you may be doing with watermelon on this day. Make sure you use the hashtag #NationalWatermelonDay though.