7 Fascinating Facts about Watermelons That You Didn't Know [LIST]

Today marks National Watermelon Day

Aug 3, 2014

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Watermelon in most parts of the world signifies summer, and the sweet and tasty fruit is a popular go-to item for any bbq, get together or day at the beach. Watermelon is in fact so beloved, that it has its own official day of recognition. In honor of the glorious watermelon and its day of celebration, discover some unknown information about this succulent fruit and make sure eat some today!

1. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.

2. Watermelons are 92% water.

3. China is the world’s largest producer of watermelons, with Turkey coming in second. 

4. There are more than 1,200 varieties of watermelon which can vary in sizes and colors including red, orange yellow or white watermelons.

5. The Guinness World Record as of 2013 for the heaviest watermelon is 121.93 kg (268.8 lb).

6. Every part of the watermelon is edible – even the rind!

7. Watermelon can be classified as both a fruit and vegetable, coming from the same family as cucumbers, pumpkins and squash. 

All this talk of watermelon has probably made you hungry. Satisfy your craving by trying out one of these delicious watermelon recipes! 

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