W is for …


Fun Facts

  • Watermelons are 92% water, so not only are they delicious but they help keep you hydrated too!
  • The Guinness World Record for the heaviest watermelon weighed 159 kg. That’s more than a tiger!
  • In Japan they know how to grow square watermelons.
  • You can eat the whole watermelon if you want to! Most people do not eat the rind (the outside bit), but it can be cooked and put into stews and other tasty meals to eat.
  • Some watermelons are pink but others can be green or even yellow. The yellow ones are sweeter, and some people say that they taste like honey.

Where do we come from?

China is by far the world’s largest producer of watermelon. It is grown in the Gansu province where there is an ideal climate for growing watermelons. In 2018, China produced 79.2 million tonnes of watermelon. Other countries such as Turkey and Iran also grow large amounts of watermelon, however it is still no where near as much as is grown in China.

Test yourself! Can you locate all of these countries on the map?

We are good for you!

Like all fruits and vegetables, watermelons are low in sodium, calories and fats and they are also high in dietary fibre. However, watermelons are especially good for you because …

  • It contains lots of vitamins B6 which allows the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates in food.

Quiz Questions: Can you remember the facts?

  • Is the highest recorded wight for a watermelon heavier than … a rhino, a tiger or a giraffe?
  • Which country can grow square watermelons? Japan, England or Australia
  • Which watermelon is sweeter? Yellow or Green
  • What percentage of a watermelon is water? 34%, 67% or 92%
  • Which part of the watermelon can you eat?

Get Cooking: Watermelon juice