Worldly watermelon: Delicious preferences around the world

By Brandie Piper

Published Aug. 2, 2015 on Discover.Monsanto.com.

You can slice it, cube it, or juice it and eat it with any meal or as a snack, and you can eat it at any time of day on any day of the year because they’re grown all over the world. It’s watermelon, and it’s nutritious, juicy, and delightful, containing more than 90 percent water, which makes it a perfect snack on hot summer days. Let’s take a look at how consumers around the world make the many types of watermelon a part of a balanced meal.

Although watermelon is grown around the world, countries have different preferences for their favorite types of watermelon when it comes to color and shape. In the United States, Americans tend to prefer either seeded or seedless medium-green watermelons with lighter green stripes. However, consumer trends are moving the market toward seedless watermelons. Contrary to some online chatter, seedless watermelons are not GMOs; they are a result of traditional breeding, much like seedless grapes are.

In Spain, melon eaters prefer their fruit seedless with dark green stripes on the rind. Mexicans like their watermelons large, oblong, and seeded, while Australians prefer a dark green, non-striped, seedless melon… [continue reading]

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