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10 Weird Facts About Watermelon

Ah, the watermelon — arguably the best fruit, I mean, veggie…to eat during the warm summer months. Since August 3 marks National Watermelon Day, we’re sharing 10 weird facts you may or may not know about watermelon, plus an easy (and delicious) watermelon recipe to make today.

1. While many think watermelon is a fruit, it’s actually considered a vegetable and is related to cucumbers, pumpkin and squash.

2. Did you grow up believing a watermelon would grow inside of your stomach if you swallowed a seed? This myth is just that: a myth! In fact, the entire watermelon is edible — rinds, seeds and all.

3. Did you know? Watermelons used to double as canteens by early explorers.

4. Watermelon is known for being extremely hydrating, but the veggie is also great for reducing inflammation that is linked to conditions like arthritis, asthma, colon cancer and diabetes.

5. Watermelon is rich in vitamin B6 for healthy brain function, vitamin A for healthy eyes, and lycopene for healthy circulation.

6. The largest recorded watermelon was harvested in 2013, weighed 350.5 pounds.

7. Watermelons are approximately 92 percent water. The high water and electrolyte content makes it a great refreshing beverage for summer.

8. Some watermelons have yellow flesh with a sweeter, honey-like flavor than the traditional pink-fleshed varieties.

9. Watermelon sweetness is measured on a scale known as Brix with most varieties registering a nine or 10 on the scale, representing moderate sweetness.

10. There are more than 1,200 varieties of watermelon grown worldwide! Of these 1,200 varieties, around 300 are grown in the United States with differing taste, weight and color.

Watermelon-Lime Cooler

This recipe combines sweet watermelon with tart lime juice and ice to make the perfectly hydrating and delicious summer beverage. Pro tip: add your favorite gin or vodka to make this recipe even more interesting.

Ingredients:

6 cups seedless watermelon

4 tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate

4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 cups crushed ice

Lime slice for garnish

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer to a large pitcher and serve over ice.