Fresh Food

Watermelon - A Delicious, Juicy Berry

July 27, 2020 Carlos Rodrigues Episode 3
Fresh Food
Watermelon - A Delicious, Juicy Berry
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Watermelon is a deliciously juicy summer fruit! Or is it?

It's also a delicious berry and vegetable.

In this episode, you'll learn: 

  • The history of the watermelon
  • How to select a ripe watermelon
  • Various ways of cutting a watermelon
  • The many types and variations of watermelon

And much more!

Have you ever bought a watermelon and when you cut it, it’s partially hollow in the center? Well, that’s called Hollow Heart. Watermelons suffering from hollow heart are safe to eat, they just look strange.

Although there are over 1200 cultivars of watermelon, you may only be familiar with the few that you see in your local produce department. Washington University has a list of many more that you've probably never seen before. 

How do harvesters know when a watermelon is ready to be picked? Well, they use a refractometer to check the melon's degrees Brix which is a measure of their sugar levels.

Are you having trouble cutting a watermelon, or just not sure how to go about it? Good Housekeeping has your back on cutting watermelon the easy way.

So you think watermelons only come in round or oval shapes? You'd be surprised at what growers can do

Is watermelon a viable substitute for Viagra?!?

You'll have to listen to the episode to find out!

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How to Select
How to Cut
Are Seedless GMO?
Hollow Heart
Shaped Watermelon
The New Viagra?