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It is believed that watermelons originated in the Kalahari Desert region of Africa. Evidence of watermelon seeds in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen would indicate that they have been around for a very long time. Today they enjoy worldwide popularity with China being the number one producer and consumer of watermelon. In the United States, we produce over 4 billion pounds of watermelon annually with Florida, California, Texas, Georgia and Arizona, in that order, leading the way in production.
There are currently over 200 varieties of watermelon grown in the United States. Until recently, seeded watermelon controlled the market, however, over the course of the last ten to fifteen years that has changed dramatically.
Selecting a ripe watermelon has been the subject of much debate over the years. Thumping the melon with your hand and listening for a hollow sound is an age-old method used by most people. A more reliable method, according to the National Watermelon Board, is to check the underside of the melon for color. First, look for a watermelon that is free of bruises or cuts and that is firm and heavy for its size. The surface should have a healthy sheen and if the underside is a creamy yellow color it is most often ripe and ready to enjoy.
A two-cup serving of watermelon contains 25% of the RDA for vitamin C and 20% of the RDA for vitamin A. Watermelon is also a superb source for the antioxidant, Lycopene. (They actually contain over 4 times as much Lycopene as tomatoes.) With no sodium, fat or cholesterol and at just 80 calories per two-cup serving, they are a healthy and delicious.