Yellow Watermelon Facts

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Yellow watermelon is rich in carotenoid, which is said to offer eye health benefits.
Yellow watermelon is rich in carotenoid, which is said to offer eye health benefits. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Yellow watermelons, along with white and red, are the three common watermelon colors. All can be either seeded or seedless. Gardeners who have had success with other colors and varieties of watermelon should have success with the yellow variants. The plant offers an unusual appearance and some health benefits for adventurous growers.

Varieties

There are several varieties of yellow watermelon, each with traits of its own. Yellow Baby and Yellow Doll are both hybrids that mature in less than 75 days. A longer maturing variety is the Honey Heart, with about 85 days between planting and melon maturity. In each case, the yellow watermelons are small, averaging about 8 lbs.

That Yellow Color

The yellow color is the result of carotenoids. Carotenoid is a pigment that occurs in plants such as yellow apples, carrots, citrus fruit and yellow peppers, as well as yellow watermelon.

Health Benefits

Foods rich in carotenoids are often linked to benefits in eye health in general and age-related macular degeneration in particular. All watermelon are fat-free, making them a part of law fat diet that reduces risks associated with heart health problems and some cancers.

Growing Yellow Watermelon

Plant any watermelon after the last chance of frost has passed in the spring. Watermelon is a warm season crop and thrives in temperatures of about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Using black plastic mulch over the soil increases the temperatures around the plant and can help the yellow watermelon flourish. Harvest the yellow watermelon when the curly stem near the place where the melon attaches to the vine dries. At this time, the watermelon should also make a dull thump when rapped with knuckles.

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