Loosely considered a melon, although they are not officially a part of the melon genus. They have smooth exterior rinds (green, yellow and sometimes white) and they have a juicy, sweet interior flesh (usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange and yellow if unripe). Their make-up consists of 92% water and 8% sugar.
California, Arizona, Mexico
Handling and Storage
Look for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts, or dents. Watermelons should be heavy for their size. The underside of the melon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun. Watermelons can be stored at room temperature for about a week. After cutting, watermelon can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Seeded; Seedless; Cube
Year Round. Domestic – April – November (peak in the summer); Imported – Winter months.