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Watermelon trivia:

  • The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred in Egypt nearly 5000 years ago.

  • Because of its great water content, early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

  • The first cookbook published in the United States in 1796 contains a recipe for pickled watermelon rinds.

  • According to Guinness World Records, the world's heaviest watermelon ever produced weighed 350.5 pounds and was grown in Sevierville, Tennessee.

  • In Japan, a technique for growing square watermelons has been perfected. There, square melons sell for between $75 and $100 (U.S. dollars) each.

  • Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown across 96 countries worldwide.

  • China is 1st in worldwide watermelon production, while the United States ranks 7th.

  • In the United States, more than $500 million worth of watermelon commercially every year, with Georgia growing the most.

  • Contrary to popular belief, swallowing watermelon seeds is not harmful and they do not increase the risk of developing appendicitis

  • The world record for watermelon seed spitting is an astounding 75 feet 2 inches and was set in 1995 at a festival in Georgetown, Texas.



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