It’s finally here – one of my favorite days of the year. Yes, I know that it’s tomorrow, but I will be very busy over the next 24 to 48 hours preparing for the arrival of six crazy kids and eight (maybe nine) equally crazy adults. I absolutely love Thanksgiving. It’s a time that brings everyone … [Read more...]
THE FASCINATING AND DELICIOUS HISTORY OF THE WATERMELON
Photo courtesy of GroEdibles So, I was sitting on my back porch the other day, snacking on some watermelon cubes, when I began to think. Normally, that can be a good or bad thing, but these thoughts were all about watermelon. More specifically, its history. I came to the realization that I … [Read more...]
GROWING THE WORLD’S LARGEST WATERMELON (PART FIVE): HARVESTING AND COMPETING
When we last spoke with Chris Kent—who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest watermelon (350 pounds in 2013)—he was heading into the final full month of the growing season and getting his giant watermelons ready for the competition circuit. Here’s an update from Chris on what he was up … [Read more...]
SECOND SLICE: WHERE CAN I FIND WATERMELON WITH SEEDS?
Remember the days when we weren’t tied to our mobile phones, reality TV didn’t exist, and watermelon had seeds? Over 50 years ago, when seedless watermelons came about, farmers thought it would make the fruit easier to eat, not having to spit a seed or two out with every bite. While they aren’t … [Read more...]
GROWING THE WORLD’S LARGEST WATERMELON (PART SIX): BRINGING HOME THE GOLD
It’s been a busy year for Chris “Superman” Kent, the watermelon grower from Sevierville, Tennessee who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest watermelon ever grown (a whopping 350 pounds in 2013). Chris has been kind enough to share stories about this year’s crop of world record contenders … [Read more...]
Photo courtesy of Zazzle Happy Halloween, everyone! All of the preparation for this day – making costumes, getting candy and decorating the house – has finally paid off, and here we are on Halloween-eve! For today’s post, I was going to feature a creepy photo of trick-or-treaters from the 1930s, … [Read more...]
WATERMELON MYTHS: CAN A BROOM STRAW DETERMINE RIPENESS?
I’ve heard a lot of watermelon myths in my time as the Watermelon Guy, but this one takes the cake. The video above, posted by Stacy Lyn Harris, owner and author of the blog Game & Garden, claims that you can test a watermelon’s ripeness or sweetness using a piece of straw from a common … [Read more...]
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS NAKED WATERMELON?
When I friend emailed me a link to a video featuring a “naked watermelon,” I wasn’t quite sure what to think. In fact, I began to wonder if I should even click on the link. But curiosity got the best of me, so I clicked…and I’m glad I did. The bizarre creation you see above is the “naked … [Read more...]
START YOUR ENGINES: AN INTERVIEW WITH ROSS CHASTAIN
Ross Chastain has been racing for “Team Watermelon” for several years now, but he’s nearing the end of his first full season on the NASCAR Xfinity Series circuit. For those who don’t know, the Xfinity Series is a step below the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but if Ross keeps racing the way he’s been racing … [Read more...]
SEPTEMBER FACEBOOK HIGHLIGHTS
Even though September means the end of summer, keep it going with the National Watermelon Promotion Board! Check out their Facebook page for how you can keep summer alive. Follow along for more interesting and fun ways to enjoy watermelon by hitting “Like”! Here’s a glimpse at what the Watermelon … [Read more...]
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