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National Watermelon Day 2017: Origin, history, weight and taste

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National Watermelon Day 2017 is being celebrated across the US today. There is no denying that Americans simply love watermelons. They use if in hundreds of ways and most Americans love watermelon juice.

It is used in almost every home in large quantity. If there is one fruit that is consumed in highest quantity in this part of the world, it is none other than watermelon. National Watermelon Day is celebrated on 3rd August.

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If you want to see the biggest watermelons, you need to search it on this day. People try to beat everyone else to cultivate the biggest watermelon of all. While there is no doubt that the usual watermelons that we consume in our homes doesn’t usually weighs more than a few kilograms, the heaviest of them can weigh as much as fifty to ninety kilograms.

National Watermelon Day is celebrated every year on August 3. While the National Watermelon Day origin is not known, its celebrations began almost a decade ago.

Originated in Africa, many people including Alphonse de Candolle considered the watermelon to be indigenous to tropical Africa. It reportedly came from Egypt, where history started taking its baby steps. Evidence of its cultivation in the Nile Valley has been found from the second millennium BC onward. Watermelon seeds have been found at Twelfth Dynasty sites and in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

If historical evidences are to be believed, watermelons were being cultivated in India, where Muslim traders brought it as they spread their sphere of influence. The Moors introduced the fruit into Spain and there is evidence of it being cultivated in Córdoba in 961 and also in Seville in 1158. It spread northwards through southern Europe, perhaps limited in its advance by summer temperatures being insufficient for good yields. The fruit had begun appearing in European herbals by 1600, and was widely planted in Europe in the 17th century as a minor garden crop.

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