Two quarters of sliced watermelon

Watermelon is one of the easiest to name summer flavors and a staple of family picnics and celebrations. Not only is it great tasting, but it also provides a big boost to nutrition - that's why it has a reputation as a “Superfood”. Beyond the fruit itself, you can find watermelon as a flavoring or additive to dozens of candies, cocktails, and even sodas (including CBD soda).

With watermelon being so easy to find, how much do you know about the fruit? Just what makes it taste so good and how many kinds are there? Below you can learn 10 fun facts about the watermelon and once you've finished the list you may just find yourself craving something with an intense watermelon flavor (we'd suggest one of our watermelon CBD drinks, of course.)

Watermelon Rinds are Edible

While most people discard them, watermelon rinds, once cleaned, are completely edible. They are often eaten with salt, pickled, or added to a variety of cuisine, including cocktails. A watermelon gin fizz is frequently garnished or served with pickled watermelon rind. This bubbly cocktail can also make use of watermelon CBD soda as an easy substitute for the prosecco called for in most recipes.

Watermelons Are a Good Way to Stay Hydrated

Few foods can claim that eating them will keep you hydrated. Watermelons, being approximately 92% water, can provide about 16 oz of water to the body per average 2 cup serving of the fruit. In addition to this, you'll be getting 40% of your average DV for vitamin C, 10% for b6, and 6% for magnesium as well as a handful of antioxidants, according to the USDA.

Watermelons Come in Many Colors

Watermelon rind can range from a creamy off-white to a deep green or almost-blue color. The interior flesh can be pale canary yellow, pink, classic red, bright orange, and even a pale white. Surprisingly yellow and orange watermelons are the sweetest recorded types while pink and red watermelons have firmer flesh and are easier to transport or ship.

Yes, You Can Make Watermelon Taste Better

Have you ever gone to the supermarket and picked up what seemed like the perfect watermelon? Then you take it home, slice it up, and discover that though it felt perfect and is perfectly juicy, the should-be crimson interior is only light pink and not nearly as sweet as you remember watermelon to be.

There is something you can do in this situation. More than one something, even. Watermelon isn't only for eating plain. Adding just a little salt or a quick wash of saltwater can make even a picked-too-early watermelon taste a bit sweeter.

Still not enough? A slight drizzle of honey can help, too. Pair this with a Watermelon sparkling CBD soda and you could have a full watermelon-flavor experience. Have a melon that's too ripe and verging on pure sugar rather than the ideal watermelon flavor? Adding about ½ oz of lemon juice to a bowl of watermelon cubes can help improve the flavor.

Watermelon Has Been Cultivated for About 5,000 Years

The first records we have found of watermelon being grown indicate that it was being cultivated in Egypt as long ago as 5,000 years. These watermelons were smaller and contained many more seeds than today's varieties, but they were still some of the sweeter fruits grown around that time.

There are Over 1,200 Varieties of Watermelon

Just counting the varieties of watermelon still grown today, there are over 1,200 cultivars in use across the globe. In the United States alone, you can find just over 300 varieties of watermelon being grown and most of these are hybrids or seedless varieties.

For flavor and cost reasons, both seeded varieties are the most frequently used for juicing or the creation of natural watermelon flavoring in candies, watermelon juice, and watermelon sodas, including CBD sodas. The seeds and seed particles are carefully strained out during the production process, however.

You Can Eat a Cracked Watermelon

If you've ever grown your own watermelon, you may be worried that all of your hard work has gone to waste if that watermelon ends up developing a crack after a heatwave or cold snap. Not to worry! A cracked watermelon means a lot of good things and, as long as you notice it within a day or two, nothing bad.

Cracks only develop in ripe watermelons, unless the melon was struck with force. Not only that, but cracks in the watermelon's rind also indicate a sweeter melon as sugars will develop quickly along the lines of the crack. These watermelons make particularly good candidates for juicing or mixing with watermelon sodas, including CBD beverages. As long as the watermelon is thoroughly washed before it is sliced and eaten, even a cracked watermelon is safe to eat.

Watermelon Seeds are High in Nutrients

Like many other nuts and seeds, watermelon seeds are completely edible and contain many important vitamins and minerals including folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. However, you will need to crush or chew the seeds to get these benefits.

Pumpkins and Watermelons are Closely Related

Watermelons and pumpkins belong to the same family: Cucurbitaceae. This is the same family that pumpkins, cucumbers, and squash belong to. While these plants are not close enough to produce a true hybrid, they do attract the same pests. This is the primary reason that gardeners and farmers do not grow pumpkins and watermelons close together.

Whole, Unbroken Watermelons Don't Have to Be Refrigerated

As long as you purchase your watermelon at room temperature, it's safe to keep it there until it has been cut. The cut watermelon should either be eaten or placed in the refrigerator within an hour. Some research has even been done that suggests watermelon kept at room temperature for its entire life cycle has a higher available nutrient content.

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