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NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY – August 3

National Watermelon Day - August 3

National Watermelon Day – August 3

NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY

National Watermelon Day is observed annually on August 3rd.  Watermelon is a fruit enjoyed by many and is a favorite of summertime events such as picnics and fairs.  Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so refreshing.

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center (mesocarp and endocarp). Pepos are derived from an inferior ovary, and are characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon – although not in the genus Cucumis – has a smooth exterior rind (usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh (usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white).

Watermelons can grow very large and you will find competitions across the country which award prizes each year for the largest one.  The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more interesting watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.

Resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watermelon

CELEBRATE

Enjoy a slice of Watermelon today and celebrate with the rest of the country! Post on social media using #NationalWatermellonDay to encourage others to join.

HISTORY

 Our research, was unable to  find the creator and origin of National Watermelon Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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3 Responses to “NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY – August 3”

  1. Nammie August 3, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    There are so many very real problems in the world …. but let’s ignore them with yet another mindless distraction. Maybe we need a ‘whoops, I broke my shoelace’ day. Egad

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