Watermelon seeds are edible and contain trace amounts of iron, zinc and protein. A person would have to consume several hundred seeds to get 1 to 2 grams of iron or zinc. There is 1 gram of protein in 24 seeds.
In Asia, watermelon seeds are roasted, seasoned and eaten as a snack. They are also ground into flour and used to make bread. The rind of the watermelon is also edible.
Seedless watermelons have not been genetically engineered. They occur through hybridization when diploid and tetraploid watermelons are crossed. Diploid watermelons contain two sets of chromosomes, and tetraploid watermelon contain four sets of chromosomes.Learn More
You can "thump" a watermelon and detect any color changes in the outside of the fruit to see if it is ripe. A ripe watermelon should sound hollow when thumped and should have a dull sheen.Full Answer >
Commonly mistaken for a fruit, watermelons are actually vegetables that are part of the squash and cucumber family. The first watermelons, which originally grew in Africa, were mostly seeds and rind, while the watermelons eaten all over the world today are sweeter, larger and have thinner rinds.Full Answer >
Although watermelon is available year round, domestic watermelon is in its peak season from May through August. Imported watermelon is in its peak season from March through May.Full Answer >
Check if your watermelon is still fresh for eating by inspecting, slicing and smelling the watermelon. Watermelons have a shelf life of seven to 10 days, or two to three weeks in the refrigerator. After the melon has been cut, however, it beings to go bad quickly.Full Answer >