Watermelon is a vegetable. It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
Like pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds can be roasted and eaten.
Watermelon is the most consumed melon in the United States, followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
Every part of a watermelon is edible, including the seeds and rind.
The best way to choose a fresh, sweet watermelon is by tapping it gently with your hand. You should hear a high pitched sound and feel the vibrations traveling through the melon.
Watermelon is probably best known as a refreshing summertime snack. But, watermelon can be a nutritious “any time” treat. Although 90 percent water, watermelon actually has a lot of nutritional value. It’s an excellent source of vitamins A, B-6, and C — as well as iron, potassium, magnesium, thiamin, lycopene, and fiber. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant. Studies show that people who eat foods rich in antioxidants like lycopene often have a lower risk of heart disease and some cancers.
Here are some fun facts about watermelon: