Mind flex: Use your melon
Use your melon to see how well you know about…well, melons.
A delicious variety of summery sweet goodness awaits!
Q: Melons are classified as part of what family?
A: Gourds. Melons are closely related to squashes and cucumbers. They grow on vines and should be supported with stalks or trellises.
Q: Which Asian country is home to the most expensive melons in the world?
A: Japan. The Yurabi King melons are grown in volcanic ash on the island of Hokkaido. They’re harvested by hand and prized for their sweetness, causing their worth to be upwards of $20,000 per melon.
Q: Watermelon is considered the state vegetable of which Southern state?
A: Oklahoma. The watermelon would’ve been the state fruit, but the strawberry already holds that title.
Q: In what country were cantaloupes created?
A: Cantaloupes were developed in Cantalup, Italy, in the 1700s.
Q: Which former Egyptian ruler was entombed with watermelon seeds?
A: King Tutankhamen.
Q: What parts of melons are used in traditional Chinese medicine?
A: Almost all of them—fruit, seed, leaves and roots.
Q: Which type of melon is considered both a fruit and a vegetable?
A: The watermelon. While the subject of fruit or vegetable is highly debatable in botanical circles, they’re considered vegetables because they belong to the gourd family.
Q: The entire month of July is dedicated to which type of melon?
A: The watermelon. National Watermelon Month came into existence in 2007 to promote the production and sales of fruit nationwide.
Q: What’s the weight of the heaviest watermelon to date?
A: The Guinness World Record holder goes to a 350.5-pound watermelon, grown by Chris Kent, of Sevierville, Tennessee, in 2013.
We hope you think about these fun facts the next time you’re at the grocery store, thumping a melon to test for ripeness. Spoiler alert: If it’s a dull thud, the melon is good to go.Back to issue