August 3, 2012

National Watermelon Day

“When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat.” - Mark Twain

It's National Watermelon Day!

Fun facts about watermelons...
(thanks to Watermelon.org who deserves absolutely all the credit for these gems!)

"- The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
- Watermelon is 92% water.
- 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.
- 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."

(Photo credit: Remick Photography)

Happy National Watermelon Day!