The watermelon is a flowering plant that originated in northeast Africa, where it is found growing wild.
Evidence for its cultivation as been found in the Nile Valley from the second Millennium BC onward and seeds have been found at Twelfth Dynasty sites and in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
Nowadays China is the world’s single largest watermelon producer (in 2016 it produced for example 79.043.138 tons of watermelon, followed by Turkey, the second largest producer with only 3.928.892!).
I don´t know about you, but I just love eating watermelons, especially on a hot summer´s day. When I was a kid I used to bite into the slice with no regards to where the juice was running – mostly unto my T-Shirt. 😉 Now as an adult, I chop the watermelon up into much smaller triangles and arrange them on a nice platter. But the sensation of biting into that sweet juicy flesh is just the same – utterly heavenly!
Though I have to admit that I´m one of those people carefully spitting out every single seed – I just can’t stand them! If I´m lucky however I can get my hands on a seedless watermelon – but to be honest, there´s something odd about them in my mind. Of course, it´s lovely not to have to spit every few seconds but somehow it just doesn’t seem natural to me.
In India however the seeds are much more appreciated and ground into baking flour. And in the Middle East, south-western Asia and China the seeds are being roasted and then eaten as a snack. I tried it once but found the hull of the seeds was just too hard and thick for me to get through.
You have to be careful though when you buy already cut water melons as they can be a source for salmonella poisoning when not having been handled with appropriate care and have been kept at room-temperature for too long.
That´s why I always buy a whole water melon and slice it up myself. Just like I did with the one in my painting. 🙂
Do you like water melons? Any cool recipes? Tricks on how to avoid the seeds? Let me know in your comments!