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Watermelon Facts

  • Name: Watermelon
  • Type of Food: Fruit
  • Produced From: Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)
  • Total Calories: 80 (280 grams serving)
  • Total Fat: 0 grams (280 grams serving)
  • Total Protein: 1 gram (280 grams serving)
  • Total Carbohydrates: 21 grams (280 grams serving)

21 Watermelon Facts for Kids

  1. A watermelon is a fruit cultivated (grown) by humans for consumption.
  2. Watermelons are members of the Cucurbitaceae family in the Citrullus genus.
  3. The scientific binomial name for watermelon is Citrullus genus.
  4. Watermelons were originally native to West Africa but are now grown worldwide.
  5. There are around 1000 different varieties of watermelon grown worldwide.
  6. Some varieties of watermelon are seedless.
  7. Some varieties of watermelon can grow and be harvested in as little as 100 days.
  8. One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) has 46 calories.
  9. One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) has 0 grams of fat.
  10. One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) has 0 grams of cholesterol.
  11. One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) has 2 milligrams of sodium (salt).
  12. One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) has 12 grams of carbohydrates.
  13. One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) has 1 gram of protein.
  14. One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) has 10 milligrams of calcium and 169 milligrams of potassium.
  15. In 2017, China was the largest producer of watermelons with over 87 million tons.
  16. In 2017, China was responsible for around 67% of the world’s total watermelon production.
  17. In 2017, the world produced around 130 million tons of watermelon.
  18. Watermelon are a popular summer fruit, eaten in slices or in diced cubes.
  19. Watermelons are also used to flavor drinks, salads and desserts.
  20. The largest watermelon ever recorded was in 2013 weighing 351 pounds.
  21. Historians have found evidence that watermelons were being grown in the Nile Valley around 2000 BC.

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