- 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
- A watermelon is a fruit cultivated (grown) by humans for consumption.
- Watermelons are members of the Cucurbitaceae family in the Citrullus genus.
- The scientific binomial name for watermelon is Citrullus genus.
- Watermelons were originally native to West Africa but are now grown worldwide.
- There are around 1000 different varieties of watermelon grown worldwide.
- Some varieties of watermelon are seedless.
- Some varieties of watermelon can grow and be harvested in as little as 100 days.
- One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) has 46 calories.
- One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) has 0 grams of fat.
- One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) has 0 grams of cholesterol.
- One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) has 2 milligrams of sodium (salt).
- One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) has 12 grams of carbohydrates.
- One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) has 1 gram of protein.
- One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) has 10 milligrams of calcium and 169 milligrams of potassium.
- In 2017, China was the largest producer of watermelons with over 87 million tons.
- In 2017, China was responsible for around 67% of the world’s total watermelon production.
- In 2017, the world produced around 130 million tons of watermelon.
- Watermelon are a popular summer fruit, eaten in slices or in diced cubes.
- Watermelons are also used to flavor drinks, salads and desserts.
- The largest watermelon ever recorded was in 2013 weighing 351 pounds.
- Historians have found evidence that watermelons were being grown in the Nile Valley around 2000 BC.
Pictures of Watermelons
A picture of watermelons in a watermelon field.
Credit: MSU / Kevin Hudson
A picture of a ripe watermelon with seeds inside.
Credit: Marco Verch
A picture of a watermelon with a beautiful carving.
Credit: Frank Lynch
Additional Resources on Watermelons
- Watermelon Nutrition Facts – View the nutritional facts for watermelon on the USDA SNAP-Ed Connection website.
- Benefits of Watermelon – Discover how watermeleons can benefit your dietary needs on the Purdue University website.
- Watermelon – Wikipedia – Find more facts about watermelons on the Wikipedia website.