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.