National Watermelon Day – August 3

National Watermelon Day – August 3

Watermelon – a fruit with 92% water that keeps you hydrated.

Watermelon is the perfect fruit to all. It is a favorite at summertime events such as picnics and fairs. Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so refreshing.

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. watermelon is a special kind of fruit referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center (mesocarp and endocarp).

The fruit was likely first cultivated for its ability to hold plentiful water in a desert landscape, especially since the wild melon was bitter or tasteless.  Seeds and art found in tombs of Pharaohs are substantial evidence of the watermelon’s value. Cultivation and breeding brought out the better qualities of sweet and tender fruit we enjoy today.

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