Watermelon is available from December to April.
Storage and Handling
Ripen on the bench, then store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
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.
- 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
- Watermelons grow along the ground on vines which can reach up to three metres in length
- Watermelons do not ripen after harvest
Watermelon is a source of potassium and vitamin C.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.