From Plum Deadly
By Ellie Grant
It's summer and whose mind doesn't turn to thoughts of watermelon?
There is a whole page dedicated just to watermelon: http://www.watermelon.org
including fun facts like these:
- The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
- Watermelon is 92% water.
- Watermelon's official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
- By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
- Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
- The first cookbook published in the U.S. in 1776 contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles.
And carvings like these:
- According to Guinness World Records, the world's heaviest watermelon was grown by Lloyd Bright of Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 2005, weighing in at 268.8 lbs (121.93 kg). Lloyd grew and weighed in for the Annual Hope, Arkansas Big Watermelon Contest on September 3, 2005.
Watermelon is good, and good for you. I'm taking a big hunk with me to sit out on the porch and eat right now! Enjoy!
Ellie Grant writes the pie shop mysteries for Gallery Books. Her first book is out on September 3rd, PLUM DEADLY.