Wednesday, August 3, 2016

It's National Watermelon Day

I don't know about you, but I love watermelon.

It is the perfect treat on a hot summer day.

Today is National Watermelon Day, according to the National Day Calendar website.

Here is what the website says about watermelon:

Watermelon is the perfect fruit to enjoy on Aug. 3. It is also National Watermelon Day. Enjoyed by many, it is a favorite at summertime events such as picnics and fairs.  

Watermelon is 92 percent water, which is why it is so refreshing.

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center (mesocarp and endocarp). 

Pepos are derived from an inferior ovary and are characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon – although not in the genus Cucumis – has a smooth exterior rind (usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh (usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white).

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