Ten fun facts about Melons


Fact 1
Watermelon's name came from the fact that about 92% of the melon is water.

Fact 2
There are a lot of different types of melons, ranging from European cantaloupe, watermelon and muskmelon to honeydew and winter melon.

Fact 3
Tutankhamun, an Egyptian pharaoh, was buried with the seed of watermelons, since they were so popular in the Roman Empire.


Fact 4
Knocking on a melon's shell can actually works to test if the volume of sugar has settled, to allow full ripeness. A dull thump should be expected.

Fact 5
The melon is considered to be a botanical fruit, specifically a berry, meaning it's the ripened ovary of a seed plant and it includes the seeds.

Fact 6
Melons are annual plants, so their life cycle finishes in one year.

Fact 7
Egyptian hieroglyphics, as far back as 2400 B.C., portray the use of melons as sources for portable water.

Fact 8
The surface of a cantaloupe can contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, so it is important to wash and scrub the melon before consuming it.

Fact 9
Since melons lack a starch content, they do not ripen any more once they are picked from the vine.

Fact 10
In China or Japan, it is considered impolite to not take a gift if you are invited to dinner. Watermelon is an extremely popular gift to give.


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Various plants with an edible, fleshy fruit.

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