Watermelons are cousins of cucumbers, pumpkins, & squash.
Watermelons are 92% water!
The watermelon is actually considered a fruit & vegetable!
You are looking for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts, or dents.
The watermelon should be heavy for its size. Watermelon is 92% water, most of the weight is water.
The understand of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.
Scientists believe the watermelon originated in tropical Africa, although it was found cultivated in Italy, India and southern Asia. Europeans introduced the watermelon to America and is currently grown throughout the United States and Central America.
Watermelon is in the same family as pumpkin, cucumber, squash, and specialty melons. They are available both seeded and seedless, and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.
Watermelon is over 90% water, and the pulp is naturally sweet with many health and nutritional benefits. It is an excellent source of lycopene, as well as vitamin A, B6, C, potassium and citrulline.
A new day has dawned, and with it – food safety has become a daily occurrence in our businesses. Protecting the health of consumers is Job #1. And while you conduct those necessary steps in your business to protect public health, the Association is doing its part to provide details, guidance, education and support every step of the way.
The Food Safety Modernization Act and its final rules have loudly pronounced the new laws. Now it is time for us to analyze, educate, and share the those details to our members to help them to understand the expectations, and to comply.
Within this page of your website, the National Watermelon Association provides to our members the details, guidance and recommendations related to the sphere of food safety: Recall Readiness; Crisis management; Our Watermelon Food Safety Guidance (in two languages); Standards and Guidelines; Traceability Study; and much more. In addition, details of the seven FSMA final rules, implementation dates, and more will be added for your review and use.
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Toss watermelon, pineapple, onion, cilantro, orange juice, and hot pepper sauce together in a bowl. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.