5 surprising watermelon facts that you need to know

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Do you know these surprising watermelon facts?

Summertime and watermelon are the perfect pair, but these surprising watermelon facts might make you look at the tasty fruit in a whole new way. Are you ready to learn about watermelon?

Watermelon is a zero waste fruit

Did you know that 100% of a watermelon is usable? While most people use the middle portion of a watermelon, you can use every single part of the fruit.

Don’t throw away that rind. There are many recipes that use the rind. A pickled watermelon rind is delicious in a salad.

Picking a ripe watermelon is about the spot

Unlike other melons, you don’t smell a watermelon to tell if it is ripe. You need to look for the yellow spot, the place where the watermelon rested on the ground. When the spot is creamy yellow, the watermelon is ripe.

Ditch the bowl, serve it in the watermelon

Using the watermelon as a serving bowl is a great idea. It goes back to the idea of zero waste, but there’s another reason, too.

Did you know that a chilled, hallowed out watermelon will keep colder than a bowl? Why not serve those pieces of watermelon or a watermelon salad in the watermelon itself and see how it works.

And, if you have ever wondered why a watermelon makes a great beverage dispenser, now you know. It is almost like a little refrigerator.

Great value

While there are smaller watermelons, a normal sized watermelon can serve up to three dozen people. Although you probably have a fewer people in your house, you can have plenty of watermelon to serve all week long.

Yes, the stripes have meaning

While it isn’t the zebra analogy, but those stripes on the watermelon do have meaning. Since there are over 1,200 varieties of watermelon, those stripes show the type of variety. But, don’t rely on the stripes to tell the ripeness. The spot is more important than the stripes for ripeness.

These surprising watermelon facts are just a few of the many facts about watermelon. Why not cut up a watermelon and learn some more about the popular fruit (or vegetable).

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What is your favorite way to enjoy watermelon?