What Does a Watermelon Plant Look Like?

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The Watermelon plant (Citrullus Lanatus) is a popular summer vegetable related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash. It's used for candy, juice, smoothies and as a sweet summertime treat.

Identification

  • Over 1,200 different varieties of watermelons exist. Their flesh color can be red, orange, yellow, or white. The outside is light to dark green with white stripes.

Size

  • Different types of watermelons range from less than 1 lb. to more than 200 lbs.

Types

  • Popular types such as the Jubilee, an oblong watermelon, weigh around 30 lbs. The Crimson Sweet variety is round to oblong and weighs between 16 to 35 lbs. Allsweet is long with a weight of 18 to 30 lbs.

Considerations

  • Every part of the watermelon is edible, even the seeds, which vary in color from brown and black to white.

Fun Fact

  • Sailors once used watermelons as canteens.

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