Watermelon is everyone’s favorite summer…fruit? Wrong. Watermelon is everyone’s favorite (…drumroll…) VEGETABLE! Who knew? Whatever it may be, watermelon is a summer food that Americans just can’t seem to get enough of. Take a look at these other fun facts about the watermelon that are sure to please your fellow picnic guests:

  • Watermelon is 92% water.
  • Watermelon doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol. It’s high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium.
  • Watermelon not only quenches your thirst, it also quenches inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer and arthritis.
  • Every part of the watermelon is edible—yes, even the seeds and rinds.
  • There are over 1,200 varieties of watermelons growing in over 96 countries worldwide.
  • The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
  • When traveling overseas, remember that in China and Japan, watermelon is a popular gift to bring to a host!
  • Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
  • Watermelon comes from the vegetable family—it’s related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
  • In 1990, Bill Caron of Arrington, TN grew the largest watermelon at 262 lbs.

And don’t forget to mark your calendars! National Watermelon Day is August 3rd!

Whether you’re adding it to salad, salsa or just using the juice, watermelon is sweet and refreshing any day. You can find the best watermelon at your local Sparkle Market.