Guys, Happy National Watermelon Day!
Watermelon is a traditional summer thirst quencher in Russia. My parents used to send me on a watermelon mission to one of thousands of watermelon street stands. First, I’d make my (hopefully lucky) pick by knocking on a few watermelons to assess the ripeness. Then, the sales person (usually an exotic dark-haired man with an accent) would cut out a square on the top of the fruit, and pull out a juicy pink watermelon cube to make the final assessment of watermelon’s eligibility.
My grandpa made it one step more complicated by explaining to me that watermelons can be–oh boy–male and female, and female ones are sweeter. Go figure. Female species are said to have a larger black spot on the side opposite to the stem.
Back then, there was no such thing as seedless watermelons. Not to even mention watermelon juice! WTRMNL WTR has taken out all the work from hunting down and deseeding a waterlemon, and the result is a delicious, vitamin and electrolyte rich, non-GMO, cold pressed drink.
To celebrate, I’m giving away a case of WTRMNL WTR (Beyonce is an investor, fyi) on Instagram. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also enter to win a year of liquid watermelon love by posting your best photos of WTRMLNS and WTRMLN WTR on Instagram with hashtags #WTRMLNDAY and #nationalwatermelonday. Deets on wtrmlnwtr.com!
Also, I’ve collected some fun facts about watermelons for your enjoyment below.
- Watermelon is an ideal health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium.
- Watermelon juice can help relieve muscle soreness.
- Watermelon can be considered both a fruit and a vegetable (say what?!)
- Watermelon is a mind booster because of its richness in Vitamin B6 which has got high influence for proper functioning of brain.
- A seedless watermelon is a sterile hybrid, which is created by crossing male pollen for a watermelon, containing 22 chromosomes per cell, with a female watermelon flower with 44 chromosomes per cell.
- Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds.
- Farmers in Japan have started growing cube shaped watermelons by growing them in glass boxes where they assume the shape of the box.
- There’s another farmer in Japan that grows heart-shaped watermelons (gimme!)