National Watermelon Day
National Watermelon Day is a non-official American holiday that is celebrated on August 3rd and on which people can enjoy that juicy summer staple, the watermelon. On this holiday, people can enjoy this fruit in a variety of different ways. After all, it is one of the most refreshing summer fruits out there in the world today.
No one really knows when National Watermelon Day was established. Some people believe it was started by watermelon farmers and others believe it was a creation of the National Watermelons Board. The history of the watermelon, however, is a lot easier to pin down.
Biologists and botanists believe that the modern watermelon can be traced all the way back to a vine-like plant that grew wild in southern Africa. It has been cultivated by indigenous people since at least the second Millennium BC.
From that auspicious beginning, the modern watermelon then spread all the way through Asia over the next thousand years and eventually made its way into southern Europe by the tenth century.
It was then introduced to the New World via European settlers and African slaves by the sixteenth century. By the seventeenth century, it was a commonly grown staple throughout much of the southern United States. Today, watermelons are grown in almost every state in the U.S.
In fact, there are only about 6 states where watermelons aren’t grown commercially. The states which produce the most watermelons are California, Arizona, Georgia, Texas, and Florida.
Watermelons are mostly water. About 91% of the watermelon by volume is made up of water. The seeds and rind of the watermelon are edible. Watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable.
Customs, Traditions, And Celebrations
There is only one real way to enjoy National Watermelon Day and that is to go out to your local grocery store and buy one. Watermelons are not only a refreshing summer snack—but they are also naturally healthy.