CBS8 San Diego! Watermelon Day.. for 4th of July 🍉🇺🇸 by George Geary

Today’s show was focused on Watermelons! I sure wish you could find seeded watermelons.. When consumers say they do not want any GMO food products than it also means they have not eaten a watermelon for years. The industry modified watermelons to be seed free. I think the seeded varieties are much more flavorful. Back in about 1990, when I worked at Disney they wanted to put in a fresh fruit cart on Main Street. Lots of fresh produce…The former CEO Michael Eisner had his family farm’s apples shipped (nobody bought them). We had watermelon wedges, they only lasted a weekend as kids realized they could take them up on the sky buckets and spit the seeds on the guests below.. The sky buckets are gone and so are the seeds… Asia watermelons are grown in glass square boxes so they grow into squares. This makes it easier to store and display in the store. Here are some facts on the melon!

5 Watermelon Facts:

  1. California is one the top state watermelon producers

  2. High in Fiber and Vitamins A & C

  3. By Weight: 92% water, 6% sugar

  4. Over 1200 varieties: Red Orange, Yellow and white fleshed :

  5. Largest Melon grown was 350 pounds  

If you would like to get professional looking pops, you need to purchase a Pop Mold. Here is a link on Amazon with the exact one I used. LINK.. Check the recipes…

If you would like to watch the segment you can click here: The Watermelon Show

Here are the recipe for the show.

Pops:. Recipe

Red, White and Blue Salad

Watermelon Hibiscus Spritzer 

Watermelon Cookies

Watermelon Gazpacho

Himalayan Watermelon Skewers


Watermelon... Is it a Fruit or a Vegetable? by George Geary

Watermelon.. Is it a Fruit or a Vegetable? 
Watermelon is a Fruit.
 It depends on where you get your information and which you believe. Watermelon is the fruit of a plant originally from a vine of southern Africa. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon, has a smooth exterior rind and a juicy, sweet, usually red interior flesh. 

Like the pepper, tomato, and pumpkin, watermelon is botanically a fruit. According to Webster’s dictionary and Wikipedia, a fruit is the ripened ovary of a seed plant and its contents, and a watermelon is a large oblong roundish fruit.

Consumers use watermelon primarily as a fruit because of its sweet flavor and refreshing qualities.


Watermelon is Also a Vegetable

According to Webster’s dictionary a vegetable is anything made or obtained from plants. Watermelon is a member of the cucurbitaceae plant family of gourds, related to the cucumber, squash, and pumpkin. It is planted from seeds or seedlings, harvested, and then cleared from the field like other vegetables. Since watermelon is grown as a vegetable crop using vegetable production systems, watermelon is considered a vegetable.

Watermelon is used as a Fruit or a Vegetable

Watermelon is popularly used as a fruit, to be a sweet enhancer or fun accompaniment to our everyday meals.  The watermelon is often cut into bite-sized squares or balled, or very often simply sliced and enjoyed.  It’s also used in the types of recipes that are created using fruit.

However, the whole watermelon is edible, even the rind.  In places like China, the watermelon is stir-fried, stewed and often pickled.  In this case, the watermelon is being used as a vegetable.  Pickled watermelon rind is also widespread in Russia.

I personally like to use seeded melon as I feel that it much more flavorful. 

Here is a great drink recipe: Watermelon Rum Punch. Try it on one of these hot summer days! 


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