Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I Love Watermelon

For my daughter's graduation I bought a small seedless watermelon from the local produce shop Cuevas Produce.... it was only two dollars and it was so juicy and wonderful that I just had to take this picture. Growing up I was never very fond of watermelon... I'm not sure when that changed, but now I can't imagine what I found offensive about this delicious fruit.

Watermelons are a member of the cucumber family and they come in many varieties. According to the University of Arkansas there are over 1,200 types of watermelons ranging from the 200 pound giants to smaller varieties that easily fit in your icebox. All watermelons come from seeds... but where do seedless watermelons come from? I did a little reading and I must say that I'm just as confused about it now as I was before I began reading. If you're interested in learning more you can hop right on over to this U of A site and read all about it.

Seedless watermelons are an odd thing. I love to eat watermelon without the hassle of seeds, but you can't very well have a seed spitting contest when there are no seeds to spit. The current seed spitting record of 78 ft 6 in was set here in Texas by a fellow Texan at the De Leon Peach and Melon Festival in 1995. I'm pretty certain that I will never be able to match that distance... but I do plan on having a seed spitting contest at my next family gathering.

The Rules of the Game

Do not go outside the boundaries. If you do, you are disqualified. Some spitways are at least 15 feet wide.

Stand behind the starting line.

Spit 2 seeds. Each contestant gets 2 spits, just in case one goes out of the bounds.

Measure the seed that goes the farthest, and record it. After the last contestant spits, whoever has the farthest seed on the spitway wins.

You can find these rules to the game and a number of hints on how to spit a seed on e How.

Cheers,
Jenn

lollipops

6 comments:

  1. do you know watermelon is one of the best things you can eat? good thing i love it - i didn't know it was so good for you. the surfer guy thought it was nothing but water, turns out they are the top fruit, health-wise, to eat!

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  2. Great minds think alike! I just bought our first watermelon of the season and it was sooo good. I love watermelon and it always reminds me of summer. Growing up we used to joke that all you could hear at the table was the crunching of everyone biting into the watermelon, we enjoyed it so much.

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  3. A seed spitting contest sounds so fun! My little brother and I used to have them when we were kids. Watermelon is my very favorite summer treat. I LOVE watermelon but absolutely hate and will not eat anything watermelon flavored. I hate watermelon flavored gum/lollipops/candy whatever, no thank you. Watermelon is so delicious and juicy I don't know how they possibly think they can capture that flavor in a candy.

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  4. Watermelon is VERY healthy and hydrating... I wonder if there are any skin treatments out there that use watermelon. Although I can't imagine smearing it on my skin when I can eat it instead.

    I totally agree about the watermelon candy... yuck.

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  5. Yummy! Watermelon is so delicious. It is my favorite!

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  6. Wow!Your photo really made me drool for watermelon.I grew up having watermelon at home especially during summer time.Now,I enjoy it the most because theres seedless watermelon.

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