National Watermelon Day

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Watermelon, made of 92% water, is arguably the best summer treat out there. Perfectly juicy, quenching the pallet after an intense swim or game of ultimate frisbee, watermelon gives figurative life to those who enjoy it. With a holiday such as National Watermelon Day, you can even take the last days of this 2020 COVID-19 summer and make the most of it. Here are a few suggestions on how to celebrate this informal holiday with friends and family.

Additionally, we did some research for you here on the types of watermelons out there and even included ways to pick the perfect one. Watermelon seasons runs in the United States from May through September.

Celebrate National Watermelon Day

Here are a couple suggested ways to celebrate from

  • “Host a seed-spitting contest.
  • Create a new watermelon recipe.
  • Enjoy watermelon flavored candies or beverages.
  • Create a frozen watermelon dessert.
  • Learn how to pick a ripe watermelon.”

Types of Watermelon

The following information came from an article titled: “Watermelon Types- What are some Common Varieties of Watermelon” on

“There are four basic types of watermelon: seedless, picnic, icebox, and yellow/orange fleshed.

  • Seedless Watermelons
    • Seedless watermelons were created in the 1990’s for those of you who don’t think spitting melon seed is fun. Successive breeding has at last created a melon that is just as sweet as seeded varietals; however, it has not greatly improved low seed germination. Growing seedless types is a bit more complex than simply planting a seed and letting it sprout. The seed must be kept at a constant 90 degrees F. (32 C.) until emergence.
      • Seedless melons include:
      • Queen of Hearts
      • King of Hearts
      • Jack of Hearts
      • Millionaire
      • Crimson
      • Trio
      • Nova
    • Seedless watermelons have tiny underdeveloped seeds, despite the name, which are easily consumed.
  • Picnic Watermelon
    • Another watermelon type, the Picnic, tends to be larger, from 16-45 pounds (7-20 kg.) or more, perfect for a picnic gathering. These are the traditional oblong or round melons with a green rind and sweet, red flesh.
      • Some varieties here include:
        • Charleston Gray
        • Black Diamond
        • Jubilee
        • Allsweet
        • Crimson Sweet
    • Icebox Watermelon
      • Icebox watermelons are bred to feed one person or a small family and, as such, are much smaller than their counterparts at 5-15 pounds (2-7 kg.). Watermelon plant varieties in this genre include the Sugar Baby and the Tiger Baby. Sugar Babies are sweet pulped with dark green rinds and were first introduced in 1956, while Tiger Babies are golden once mature in about 75 days.
    • Yellow/Orange Watermelons
      • Lastly, we come to yellow/orange fleshed watermelon plant varieties, which are typically round and can be both seedless and seeded.
        • Seeded varieties include:
          • Desert King
          • Tendergold
          • Yellow Baby
          • Yellow Doll
        • Seedless varieties include Chiffon and Honeyheart. As you may have guessed, depending upon the variety, flesh is yellow to orange in color.”

Picking the Perfect Watermelon

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