Watermelon Facts for Kids
What am I?
I'm a popular summer snack, and you usually pick me because I'm juicy and sweet. I've actually been around for over 5,000 years, and was enjoyed even by the Egyptians. Over the years I have changed a lot in my size, shape, color, and even my seeds.
I am native to Asia, but my desired fruit was transported across the world by Spanish explorers.
Where I grow
I still grow wild in Africa, but I can grow anywhere that it's hot. My vines stretch out on the ground and grow two flowers, one that produces pollen and one that produces fruit.
After I'm picked
The best way to know if I'm ripe is to listen to me. Knock and listen for a dull, hollow sound. I'm also sweetest when I have an ugly yellow patch (or spot). Most people don't know that I come in many varieties and colors, like yellow, orange, and pink! My rind (outside skin) can even be yellow! I can even be grown in a cube shape!
Did you guess... Watermelon
Did you guess Watermelon? Watermelon is a perfect summer snack! Do you prefer it with seeds or without?
Most watermelons that you find in stores today are seedless, but it wasn't always this way. Ask your parents about spitting watermelon seeds when they were kids.
HOW IT GROWS
Just like how you crave watermelon on a hot day, watermelon loves the sun, too. The plant grows a vine on the ground. The vine stretches out and can grow up to 20 feet long! Two flowers grow - one for pollinating and the other for growing the watermelon.
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