Watermelon – Fruit or Vegetable?

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BOTH! Watermelon is a fruit and a vegetable. Loosely considered a type of melon, it is considered a fruit because it grows from a seed, has a sweet flavor, and refreshing qualities. However, it is also a vegetable because it is harvested and cleared from the field like other vegetables and because it is a member of the same gourd family as the cucumbers, pumpkin, and squash.

No matter which way you slice it (pun intended), watermelons are refreshing, fun to eat, and very good for you.

How to pick a Watermelon:

1. Look the watermelon over.
You are looking for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents.

2. Lift it up.
The watermelon should be heavy for it’s size. Watermelon is 92% water, most of the weight is water.

3. Turn it over.
The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.

Whether you call it a vegetable or a fruit, most of us can agree with the following quote by Mark Twain….

It is the chief of this world’s luxuries, king by the grace of God over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat. It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took; we know it because she repented.
Pudd’nHead Wilson

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