Watermelon Is in Season!
[Tweet “As the weather warms, cool down with some in-season watermelon. http://bit.ly/1RAhrCR”]It’s not summertime yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start enjoying Florida-grown watermelon now. Watermelon is in season in Florida between April and July.1 Look for it now at your local grocery store or farmers market.
Fun Watermelon Facts
- Florida is the biggest producer of watermelons in the US.2
- Though watermelons are grown all over Florida, the largest percentage come from the north- and west-central counties.3
- Florida produces both seeded and seedless varieties. Seedless watermelons are sweeter, last longer, and no spitting is required!3
- The melon’s red color comes from lycopene, an antioxidant. Watermelon also contains vitamins A and C.4
- When selecting a watermelon, look for a yellow spot on the outside—this is where the melon sat on the ground. The yellow indicates that it’s ripe.4
- “Crops in Season,” Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, n.d., http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Marketing-and-Development/Consumer-Resources/Buy-Fresh-From-Florida/Crops-in-Season
- USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, “Chapter IV: Statistics of Vegetables and Melons,” in 2014 Agricultural Statistics Annual (Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 2014), 34, http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Ag_Statistics/2014/chapter04.pdf
- Wael M. Elwakil and Mark A. Mossler, Florida Crop/Pest Management Profile: Watermelon, CIR1236, Gainesville: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, 2013, http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pi031
- “Watermelon,” Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, n.d., http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Food-Nutrition-and-Wellness/Living-Healthy-in-Florida/Healthy-Learning/All-About-Florida-Products/Watermelon