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Watermelon

Watermelon
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Watermelon Availability

Watermelon season in New Zealand is from December to March.

 

Storage and Handling

Ripen on the bench, then store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

History

Watermelon is thought to be native to the Kalahari Desert in Africa.  A watermelon harvest was depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics 5000 years ago.  In Egypt, watermelons were often placed in the burial tombs of kings.

By the 10th century the growing of watermelons had spread to China, which is now the world’s number one producer.

 

Facts

  • Watermelon is over 90% water
  • Watermelon is related to cucumbers and pumpkin
  • It is mostly consumed and cultivated in China
  • Over 1200 varieties are grown around the world in over 96 countries

 

Growing Facts

  • Watermelons grow along the ground on vines which can reach up to three metres in length
  • Watermelons do not ripen after harvest

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1/2 cup diced - 85g

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 89/21 105/25
Protein (g) 0.3 0.4
Fat, total (g) 0.2 0.2
- saturated (g) 0.0 0.0
Carbohydrate (g) 4.3 5.1
- sugars (g) 4.3 5.1
Dietary Fibre (g) 0.5 0.6
Sodium (mg) 3 4
Vitamin C (mg) 6.8 8.0
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.06 0.07

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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