Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

“Fresh2U” Nutrition Program for Kids and Parents


The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt and is depicted in hieroglyphics on the walls of ancient Egyptian buildings.

Weighing up to 30 pounds, watermelon have a hard rind that is dark or light green, depending on the variety. Small, round watermelons are sometimes called “icebox” melons. Yellow or golden watermelons taste the same as red ones, but have bright yellow flesh. When picking a melon, look for skin that is dull, not shiny. Avoid melons with a flat side.

Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C, and is provides vitamin A and potassium. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion.

Florida watermelons are available in Florida from April through July, and from November through December.

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