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August 3rd is National Watermelon Day

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If you're looking for something to do today the get ready to let some fruit juices drip down your chin because it's National Watermelon Day!  Oh yes, in all its seed spitting glory!  Let's get right into celebrating National Watermelon Day!


Watermelon has to be one of the most well-loved fruits out there in the world today. Do you know anyone that can honestly say they hate eating watermelon? I can't! It's juicy, has a subtle flavor and it's fun to spit the seeds. And since it's so warm out it's the perfect fruit to help you quench your thirst as well as satisfy your sugar cravings. So many people are munching on this lovely melon around this time of year and that is why today is its special day!  Watermelons actually originated in southern Africa where it had been growing wild for quite some time. It was being grown in the Nile Valley around the second millennium BC but you'd have to hop all the way to the 10th century AD to find them growing in China. In the 13th century, they eventually made it to Europe, thanks to the Moorish invaders. But it wasn't until the 16th century that they were introduced to the Native Americans. And to this day you can still find farmers in about 44 states growing watermelons for profit.

It's a wonderful vine-like plant that produces big flowers that eventually turn into the melons we love. We're use to seeing a green rind with a pink interior but that isn't always the color combination that is produced. Sometimes the inside is red, yellow or orange and the rind can even be purple or black. And the Japanese get all fancy and grow theirs in boxes so that the fruit is a cube shape. It's 92% water, 6% sugar and 100% yum!  Are you ready for a slice?


So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, you can easily head to the store or one of those fruit stands on the side of the road and pick up your very own fresh watermelon. Carry that baby home, break out the knife and start slicing into it! Step things up a notch and pop it in the fridge for a while so it's nice and chilled. Or you can get all fancy and break out your melon baller and use the rind as a bowl for all your little watermelon balls.  But there are plenty of other ways you can consume your watermelon. You can cut it into cubes, freeze it and then have sugary ice cubes for your drinks. You can blend it up with other things and have it be the drink. You could even mix it into a cake mix and have a lightly flavored watermelon cake! Put it in the icing too for extra yum action. You could even get creative and scoop half of the watermelon out, so that there's still some pink lining the inside for flavor, then fill up the "watermelon bowl" with a punch and enjoy.  But have you ever seen some of the art people make out of watermelons? Well, why don't you and your friends each carve up your own melon and see who has the most skills? You can come up with a theme for what you should be carving or just have it be a free for all. Take pictures of your creations and then scoop on into them and start eating your art!   Have a great day and stop spitting seeds at your sister!

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