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Know Your Watermelon for Watermelon Day!

Every August 3rd is National Watermelon Day so go out and cut yourself a nice large slice of the dripping juicy fruit! Personally I like mine plain, but you can try skewering them and tossing them on the grill, or mixed into a salsa. If you can't figure out which kind to try, let me help you out. While there are a ton of different varieties - including different inside and outside colors - watermelons can be broken down into four main categories: Picnic, Seedless, Icebox, Yellow/Orange Flesh. To learn about the four types,

Picnic
These are your standard types of watermelons and consist of three main types. There's the Allsweet - your standard watermelon - that is long and about 18-30 lbs. Next is Crimson Sweet which is smaller and can be round or oblong, weighing 16-35 lbs. And finally, the Jubilee type which is Oblong and large, weighing 20-45 lbs. Many different heirloom varieties fall in to this common category.

Seedless
Seedless watermelons are the product of cross-breeding plants. Although they are called "seedless" they generally have soft, pale seeds. The color of the flesh can range from pink to yellow.

Icebox
Icebox melons are generally smaller than regular melons and have been bred to be round (to fit in the icebox easily). These come in both red and yellow flesh, and can be seedless too.

Yellow/Orange Flesh
There's not much difference in flavor (depending on the variety and who you ask) between Red and Yellow/Orange/White/Pink flesh watermelons, however the flesh is surprisingly bright in color.

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figurine figurine 9 years
Thanks YumSugar, it makes sense now that I think about it.
baby-doll baby-doll 9 years
Horray for Watermelon Day! I didn't even know a day like this existed. Yum! i LOVE watermelons (well basically I love every fruit there XD)! They're so delicious and juicy. I eat them everyday. ^ Woah really? That's so cool! I read that a cup of watermelon has less than 50 calories and is a good source of vitamin A & C. =)
Food Food 9 years
figurine - honeydew is a different type of melon (but it's actually my favorite) tdamji - the square ones are made by putting round ones into square containers while they are growing, same with all the other weird shaped ones!
LisaK LisaK 9 years
I love watermelon!!
Chica8a Chica8a 9 years
i luv watermelon, esp. in the summer!
figurine figurine 9 years
Interesting. What about honeydew melon? I had that yesterday.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I could so go for some!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
mmmm this is gooood stuff!
roseate roseate 9 years
I've been craving watermelon. I had no idea that yellow-fleshed watermelons existed.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i had no idea there were so many. what about the square ones in japan?! those are crazy. the round ones don't look very appealing. :P
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I love watermelon ... thanks for the breakdown!
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