Fruit Spotlight: Watermelons

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The Watermelon War

The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered
Published on Jun 10, 2017

The History Guy remembers the war over a slice of watermelon. It is history that deserves to be remembered.

The History Guy uses images that are in the Public Domain. As photographs of actual events are often not available, I will sometimes use photographs of similar events or objects for illustration.

There is an interesting analysis of Ran Runnels and the Isthmus Guard here:

10 Fascinating Facts About Watermelons – YouTube

Watermelon Varieties – Common Types and Their Tastes
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Watermelon Varieties – Common Types and Their Tastes

watermelon-varietiesA Watermelon is a Watermelon, Right?

Did you know that there are hundreds of different watermelon varieties enjoyed daily.

When picking a watermelon from your local fruit and vegetable market the only decision you will need to make is the size. Many small markets only offer one type of watermelon. This has led us to believe that there is only one type although just like apples, watermelons come in a number of varieties.

Globally 200 to 300 different varieties of watermelon are accounted for although only 50 of these are enjoyed regularly. Of the 300 varieties it is no surprise that the most loved are on the sweeter side of the scale…

You are here: Home / General / Watermelon Varieties – Common Types and Their Tastes
Watermelon Varieties – Common Types and Their Tastes

watermelon-varietiesA Watermelon is a Watermelon, Right?

Did you know that there are hundreds of different watermelon varieties enjoyed daily.

When picking a watermelon from your local fruit and vegetable market the only decision you will need to make is the size. Many small markets only offer one type of watermelon. This has led us to believe that there is only one type although just like apples, watermelons come in a number of varieties.

Globally 200 to 300 different varieties of watermelon are accounted for although only 50 of these are enjoyed regularly. Of the 300 varieties it is no surprise that the most loved are on the sweeter side of the scale.

Contents [hide]

1 Differentiating Between Watermelons
1.1 A Seeded watermelon –
1.2 A Seedless Watermelon –
1.3 A Miniature Watermelon –
1.4 An Orange or Yellow Watermelon –
2 Cousins of the Watermelon
3 Watermelon Dictionary – 26 Varieties of Watermelon
3.1 Amarillo Watermelons
3.2 Bijou Watermelons
3.3 Black Diamond Watermelons
3.4 Calsweet (Bush) Watermelons
3.5 Captivation Watermelons
3.6 Charleston Grey Watermelons
3.7 Crimson Sweet Watermelons
3.8 Estrella Watermelons
3.9 Exclamation Watermelons
3.10 Excursion Watermelons
3.11 Fascination Watermelons
3.12 Harvest Moon Watermelons
3.13 Jamboree Watermelons
3.14 Jubilee Watermelons
3.15 Kingman Watermelons
3.16 Melody Watermelons
3.17 Moon and Stars (Red) Watermelon
3.18 Sangria Watermelons
3.19 Sugar Baby Watermelons (Garden Baby)
3.20 Sweet Dawn Watermelons
3.21 Sweet Gem Watermelons
3.22 Sweet Polly Watermelon
3.23 Syngenta Watermelon
3.24 Traveler Watermelon
3.25 Triple Treat Watermelon
3.26 Yellow Doll/Baby Watermelon
Differentiating Between Watermelons
We tend to use five different terms to differentiate between watermelon varieties. These five terms refer to the characteristics of the melon rather than the direct variety. This allows us to combine multiple watermelon varieties under one category. The five terms used to describe watermelons are:

A Seeded watermelon –
Used to describe a basic watermelon that is round or oblong and weighs between 15 t0 45 pounds. These watermelons contains noticeable black seeds.

A Seedless Watermelon –
Hybrid watermelons that are the most popular due to their seedless nature. These watermelons are generally around the 15 pound mark. Seedless watermelons often have small and easily edible white seeds.

Some varieties of watermelon that fall into this category include:

Jack of Hearts
King of Hearts
Queen of Hearts
A Miniature Watermelon –
The smaller variety of watermelons that has a thin rind.

Watermelon varieties such as the Sugar Baby and the Tiger Baby fall under this category.

An Orange or Yellow Watermelon –
Varieties of watermelon that lack lycopene often fall under the orange or yellow watermelon category.

Some watermelon varieties that fall under this category include:

Desert King
Yellow Baby
Yellow Doll..”

“…Amarillo Watermelons..”

Yellow Watermelon Taste Test. / Mikayla Watermelon … – YouTube

Square watermelons Japan. English version – YouTube


How to Grow Watermelon – YouTube

Watermelon Types for Short Growing Season, Short Space – YouTube

CaliKim29 Garden & Home DIY
Published on May 20, 2014
Want to grow watermelon but have a short growing season or are short on space? Here are two varieties of watermelons that will work for you!

Watermelon Growing. How to plant, grow and harvest … – YouTube


How Do You Know When Watermelons Are Ripe? – YouTube



Awesome Way to Cut Watermelon – YouTube


How to Cut and Seed Melons – YouTube

Health Benefits

Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Watermelon | Amazing … – YouTube

Diabetes – Watermelon Board
‘…Watermelon is a great inclusion in the diabetic diet. It is a source of vitamins, such as vitamins A and C; minerals, such as potassium; and fiber. It’s low in calories, since 92% of watermelon is just good-for-you water, so it’s a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth without overindulging in excess sugar and calories.

Granted, watermelon has a high glycemic index (GI) score of 72, but this natural, unprocessed fruit remains a healthful food because of another factor called the “glycemic load.” This factor compares a food’s GI score with the amount of calories and carbs in the food,. The glycemic load is a much better indicator of a food’s ability to prevent or contribute to disease, since a food that has a large amount of carbs AND dramatically raises blood sugar levels obviously increases the chances of weight gain more than a food that might temporarily raise blood sugar levels, but has few calories. For example, a potato has a high glycemic score and it packs a bunch of carbs, while watermelon has a high GI score, but few calories or carbs. The former will increase the chances of those extra calories being funneled into fat cells, but watermelon just fills you up, without filling you out. (Ever hear of anyone getting fat on watermelon? Not!)..”

*see Health: How to “fight” Diabetes?

Watermelon – The World’s Healthiest Foods

“..These cyclists were participating in 15.5-mile time trial on a mountainous course and they consumed about one quart of watermelon puree every 15 minutes while riding in the trial. (A control group of riders consumed a sports beverage containing a similar level of total carbs.) The researchers determined that the antioxidant capacity in the riders’ bloodstreams was significantly increased post-exercise through consumption of the watermelon puree. ..

between 3–6 cups of watermelon juice per day over a period of several weeks. What the researchers found was a steady and well-maintained level of citrulline in the bloodstream of the participants, yet an increased level of arginine. They concluded from these findings that citrulline from the watermelon juice had undergone conversion into arginine, while still leaving plenty of citrulline to stabilize blood levels in the study participants. This conversion provides us with even more evidence for watermelon as a fruit that can lower our risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes since arginine deficiency—especially chronic moderate or temporarily serve deficiency—has been linked to increase risk of both health problems. ..”

Health Benefits of Watermelon – YouTube

Watermelon Has Plenty of Health Benefits

Health Alert: Watermelon could be summer super-food post … – YouTube

Fruit Break – Nutritional Benefits Of Water Melon – Tips For … – YouTube

Health benefits of Watermelon that make it Perfect Summer Fruit

Healthy eating – 5 Amazing Health Benefits Of Watermelon Seeds
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Watermelon Island! (Watermelon DETOX)
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Fast Food: “Healthiest: Lowest Sodium Items”

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Low-Sodium Menu Items at Fast-Food Restaurants Sara Ipatenco
“…since too much sodium increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, limit your consumption to 1,500 milligrams or less per day, the American Heart Association recommends. Fortunately, you have options that let you eat a fast-food meal without consuming an unhealthy amount of sodium…”

10 healthy meals to order at fast food chains March 8, 2017, 5:39 PM CST / Source: TODAY By Keri Glassman, R.D.

“…1. Burger King: Original Whopper Jr. without mayo.

If you’re craving a burger, don’t go for the salad! You’ll just end up eating large fries next to it. Instead, go for this smaller version of the classic burger and keep it simple. Yes, it has 390 mg of sodium, which is definitely not low, but it’s also a whole lot less compared to the other burgers on the menu that have upwards of 1250 mg! Also, since it also has only 160 calories, feel free to order a side salad with it…”

Low Sodium Fast Food: Your Best Options
“..Many popular fast food joints have started catering to the health community – including things like gluten-free, dairy-free, and heart-healthy items on their menus such as fruits, veggies, and grilled or baked meats. Luckily, low sodium foods are also being offered as part of the movement.

So before you write off your favorite fast food joints because you’re on a low sodium diet, check out the list below…

If you play your cards right, there are plenty of options on the McDonald’s menu that remain under 500 mg of sodium, including:


• Scrambled Eggs (2) at 180 mg
• Fruit & Yogurt Parfait at 80 mg
• Cinnamon Melts at 370 mg
• Fruit & Maple Oatmeal at 160 mg
• Hash Browns at 310 mg…”

20 Best Low-Sodium Fast Food Orders, According to Dietitians By Perri O. Blumberg
January 9, 2019
“…“The FDA considers a food product ‘low-sodium’ if it contains 140 milligrams of sodium or less per serving; however, it isn’t realistic for fast-food entrées to go that low,” advises Ysabel Montemayor, MS, RD, lead nutritionist at Fresh n’ Lean, a healthy meal delivery service. “With that being said, [if you’re looking for low sodium fast food], I’d choose items that are less than 20 percent of the FDA’s 2,300-milligrams daily value (DV) recommendation based on a 2,000 calorie diet.” That comes out to 460 milligrams of sodium per serving…

Subway’s 6″ Veggie Delite…

Chick-fil-A’s 8-count Grilled Chicken Nuggets

Taco Bell’s Fresco Crunchy Taco with Beef

Arby’s Jalapeño Roast Beef Slider (Without Cheese)

… 20. Panera’s ½ Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich + ½ Seasonal Greens Salad…

Can I Eat Low Sodium at Panera Bread?
“…Salads operate the same way as sandwiches, you need to stay at a half salad to get a lower sodium option. Also remember these counts are not including the dressing. The Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad is the best choice. You can even eat a whole salad for only 300 mg. Dressings need to be ordered on the side, and then only use half of the dressing cup they give you. If you do that, then the Reduced Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette is the best choice at 55 mg…”

The 10 Best Healthy Foods at Panera
“5. Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad With Chicken

“With only 340 calories, this salad is one of the lightest and most nutritious options on the Panera menu,” says Clark. “Packed with greens, fruit, nuts, and chicken, it covers all the major food groups without a lot of sodium like other Panera salad options.”

Per one serving: 340 calories, 13 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 280 mg sodium, 31 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 25 g protein..”

Fast Food Restaurants

5 Fast Food Restaurants Where You Can Eat Low Sodium on Buzzfeed October 19, 2015 by Christopher Lower

1‘.. McDonald..

It’s a good thing they added #Alldaybreakfast, there are low sodium choices. The Cinnamon Melts are 370 mg. Did you know you can custom order unsalted fries? They’ll be hot every time! Get the full nutrition list here.

Can I Eat Low Sodium at McDonald’s? May 21, 2015 by Christopher Lower

2 Taco Bell

3. Subway

4.. Panera Bread

5. Chipotle


Taco John’s
Nutrition & Allergen Information
“Crispy Taco 290mg

The Healthiest Subs and Food at Quiznos By Jennifer R. Scott Updated January 28, 2018
“…..only healthy fat then you’ll need to download and examine an entire Quiznos Nutrition Info pdf ( see No time for all that planning? No problem, just choose a few of the healthy, low-calorie menu items listed below to keep your diet on track…”

Quiznos Nutrition Facts. Calories, carbs, fat, sodium … – MyFoodDiary®

Nutrition – Dairy Queen

Can I eat Low Sodium at Wendys
“…Chicken, Wraps, & More:

The Ultimate Chicken Grill as a sandwich is 930 mg, but if you custom order the chicken breast alone it is 540 mg…”

The Healthiest Food to Eat at Wendy’s

.”…If you want to know how the restaurant keeps Wendy looking so thin for its logo, follow us through the menu as we bring you the healthiest items we could find…”

Nutrition and Health | Wendy’s

Can I Eat Low Sodium at Jimmy Johns – Hacking Salt

Let’s start with the bread. An average roll, or the bread used for their Club Sandwiches is between 200-400 mg. You can knock that right off of any sandwich in a couple ways: the first is simply cutting the sandwich size in half, and the second is ordering an Unwich, where they wrap the sandwich in lettuce, instead of bread…


The 2 lowest sodium options to order are:

Roast Beef at 440 mg

Roasted Turkey Breast at 530 mg..”

Jimmy Johns Nutrition Chart

Can I Eat Low Sodium at Burger King May 10, 2016 by Christopher Lower

What 11 Diet Experts Order at Burger King By Daisy Melamed
January 20, 2016

Veggie Burger

“…“It’s great that a premium fast-food spot now offers veggie burgers. I’d go for a BK Veggie Burger, sans mayo. With five grams of fiber and 21 grams of protein–the same amount of protein in a Whopper–this 240-calorie lunch will stick to my ribs through the afternoon, but won’t be lingering on my waistline. And, with only about one tenth the saturated fat as a Whopper Sandwich, the veggie burger won’t be sticking to the inside of my arteries, either.” — Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN, National Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics..

…I would go with a Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich–hold the mayo–that comes in at 290 calories and only one gram of saturated fat…”

Burger King Nutrition Facts & Calorie Information A Nutrition Guide to the Burger King Menu for Healthy Eating

5 Healthy Meals at Arby’s—Including Bacon By Eat This, Not That! Editors
February 29, 2016
“…Eat This Instead!

Roast Turkey Farmhouse Salad
230 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 780 mg sodium
Get your hit of poultry plus 23 grams of protein—minus the trans fats and the hunk of fatty bread. This is the healthiest order at Arby’s, and one of the most delicious. And bonus, it has bacon!


Nutrition & Ingredients – Arby’s

The Healthiest (and Scariest!) Menu Items at Qdoba
“…But the free-flowing system can be a double-edged sword–expansive possibilities mean you have the freedom to tailor a perfectly nourishing lunch, but it can also be overwhelming to have so many choices at your fingertips (especially when they aren’t all good for you)…

To stay on the healthy side of any menu, pile on the veggies, exercise some portion control, be careful with the extra toppings, and flex your substitution power.

“The biggest thing to remember when you’re walking in is that you can ask for anything–the worst they can do is say no,” Wipfler says. “You should be able to get smaller serving sizes, or substitute beans for meat. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want to make your meal healthier.”..

Healthy Choices at Qdoba

…Tacos with flour soft tortilla, shredded beef, roasted chile corn, salsa roja, lettuce and fajita vegetables. 1 taco – Calories:195. Fat: 6. You could get the “Pick 2” option, get four tacos, eat two now, and save the other two for lunch tomorrow if you want to be healthy AND cheap!..”

Qdoba Nutrition Facts. Calories, carbs, fat, sodium … – MyFoodDiary®


High Sodium In Fast Food – The Top 5 Saltiest – YouTube


21 Healthier Fast-Food Meals
“…Hey, it happens to the best of us. When you’re hungry and have only a few minutes (or a few bucks), fast food calls out to you. Yes, fast food is higher in sodium than it should be. Yes, fast food tends to be devoid of fruits, vegetables, and fiber. But, there are some healthier fast-food options out there. You just need to know how to order…”

Healthy Fast Food Meal Choices! Under 500 calories … – YouTube

How to Lower Your Blood Pressure – YouTube

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