File this one under “awesome” and “I want one now!” Japanese farmers have been experimenting with growing watermelon in shapes other than the traditional round or oblong shapes we’re used to seeing (case in point, the square watermelon and pyramid watermelon). Now they’ve taken it one step … [Read more...]
VIDEO: PICKING THE WORLD’S LARGEST WATERMELON
Last week, I talked about miniature watermelons (those weighing less than 10 pounds). This week, we’re shifting gears to giant watermelons, and no one knows more about giant watermelons than Lloyd Bright. In 1979, the Bright family grew a then world record 200-pound watermelon on their farm in … [Read more...]
ASK THE EXPERTS: CLEANING MY WATERMELON?
In this recurring column, our panel of watermelon experts answer a question posed through our “Ask the Experts” feature in the right hand sidebar. Feel free to ask your own question. All questions get a response and some will be featured here on What About Watermelon. ELEANOR K. ASKS: Should I … [Read more...]
BOOK REVIEW: “WATERMELON MAGIC”
Wally Amos is best known for his world famous line of “Famous Amos” cookies, but he’s also an outspoken lover of watermelon. He’s often seen wearing watermelon printed clothes and he’s approached the National Watermelon Promotion Board about helping to get the word out about the joys of watermelon. … [Read more...]
DID YOU KNOW: THE MANY USES OF WATERMELON
I was browsing the “Kids” section of the National Watermelon Promotion Board website the other day (hey, why not?) and I stumbled across an interesting fact. Apparently, early explorers used hollowed-out watermelons as canteens to hold water while they were trekking across untamed lands in pursuit … [Read more...]
WATERMELONS: THE FUEL OF THE FUTURE?
I drove a 1973 Monte Carlo while I was in college. It was a nice car, in good shape, but I felt bad that it only got about eight miles to the gallon. I felt that way for two reasons: First, that it was environmentally unfriendly, and because I was paying more for gas than I was for tuition (or so it … [Read more...]
RECIPE: RED, WHITE & BLUE WATERMELON PIZZA
To help celebrate Independence Day this year, I adapted a recipe from one I found on the National Watermelon Promotion Board website. It’s technically a “kids” recipe, but who cares? I certainly don’t because it looks and tastes great and that’s all that matters! This is one of those things you … [Read more...]
RECIPE: BREAKFAST A GO-GO
I’m usually not “a go-go” in the morning but this recipe sounds like it could put some extra pep in my step. It’s simple to make – just three ingredients – and a nice departure from my usual “toast,” “leftover pizza” or “nothing.” INGREDIENTS 1/3 cup low fat granola ¾ cup de-seeded watermelon … [Read more...]
FEATURED RECIPE: CINCO DE MAYO WATERMELON SALSA
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Most people aren’t really sure what Cinco de Mayo is, except that it’s an opportunity each year to have fun with friends and sample some awesome south-of-the-border-themed food and drinks on the fifth of May. While that may be true, it’s actually a lot more than that. Here’s the … [Read more...]
APRIL/MAY POLL: WHEN DO YOU PURCHASE YOUR WATERMELON?
As far back as I can remember, my mother would cut up watermelon to serve at backyard barbeques during the hot summer months. I’m telling you, there was nothing better than a cold slice of watermelon in July. Today, watermelon is enjoyed year round, but a lot of people still associate it with a … [Read more...]