Did you know? August 3 is National Watermelon Day! In honor of one of America’s favorite foods, here are five fun facts.
- Watermelon is made up of 92% water. It so refreshing, early explorers used watermelons in place of canteens.
- Although most only eat the flesh of the watermelon, all parts are edible! The black seeds are packed with iron, zinc, protein, and fiber. The rind actually supplies more of the amino acid, citrulline, than the flesh. Citrulline is known to improve heart health and maintain one’s immune system.
- In Japanese and Chinese culture, it is typical to bring a watermelon as a gift to a host.
- Not only is watermelon tasty by itself, it is delicious when paired with other ingredients as well! Click here for a quick and easy recipe for a refreshing watermelon lemonade.
- The author, Mark Twain, loved watermelon so much he coined the fruit as the food of angels.
Know of any fun facts that we missed? Be sure to share with us in the comments below!