Watermelon was first harvested in Egypt 5,000 years ago.
There are 1,200 varieties of watermelon grown in 96 countries.
By weight, watermelon is the most consumed melon in the United States.
Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
In 1796, the first cookbook was published in the United States. It included a recipe for Watermelon Rind Pickles.
The world record for the largest watermelon was 268.8 pounds awarded to Lloyd Bright of Hope, Arkansas.
Watermelon was named the Official State Vegetable of Oklahoma in 2007, causing some controversy because it’s really a fruit.
The record for watermelon seed spitting is 66 feet, 11 inches. (set by Jack Dietz, Chicago 1989)
A Densuke watermelon from Japan once sold for $6,000.
Mark Twain claimed that watermelon must be the food of the angels.
Watermelon is used as part of the Vietnamese New Year’s holiday. It’s considered lucky and the seeds are eaten as a holiday snack.
“All you need is watermelon. Watermelon is all you need” – The Beatles
“This watermelon is on fire” – Alicia Keys
“If I had to choose between watermelons and coffee, I’m pretty sure I would choose watermelons” – Mr. Alan