According to Brownielocks today is National Watermelon Day!
Watermelons ... a sweet, drippy, juicy way to learn! ;) So let's start out with some watermelon facts:
Watermelon Facts: * Watermelons are more than 90% water. That's how it got its name! * For that reason, in ancient times travelers used them as a source of transportable water. * They probably originated in Africa, but are now grown around the world. * They are part of the gourd family. * They grow on a vine and must be replanted yearly. * Most people consider them to be a fruit, but horticulturists consider them a vegetable. * They vary in size and shape. The Japanese recently even developed a SQUARE watermelon! * The outside of the watermelon is the rind. * Inside the watermelon you'll find the flesh (the stuff you eat), and seeds. * Watermelons can be different colors inside and out, as well as the amount of seeds that they contain. * Most watermelons weigh from 5 - 40 pounds, but some get as large as 100 pounds. * The 1996 Guiness Book of Records lists the largest watermelon as being 262 pounds! * The seeds (like the pumpkin's seeds) can also be roasted and eaten. * Some people use the watermelon rind for making preserves, pickles, or relish. * That makes the whole watermelon edible!
Fun nutritional facts about watermelons can be found by visiting: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/kids/nutritio n/story9/melons.htm