That most summery of fruits


Yes, it’s a fruit. But it’s a vegetable too. (Quora: “Is watermelon a fruit or a vegetable?”)

August is Watermelon Month: (The Sun Chronicle)

It used to look very, very different. (Vox: “A Renaissance painting reveals how breeding changed watermelons”)

And it’s really not very “natural”. (National Geographic: “Watermelon May Be the Most Unnatural, Yet Delicious Fruit”)

But it’s good for you. (Toronto Star: “Watermelon found to have delicious health benefits”)

Some people eat it with salt (and melon with black pepper). (The Augusta Chronicle: “Watermelon is no Southern treat without salt”)

And watermelon goes really well with strawberries:

Watermelon Strawberry Pops


A few things to think, write and talk about:

  • What is your go-to recipe for watermelon?
  • Do you have any vivid memories of watermelon-splitting? (or seed-spitting contests?)
  • The NatGeo article above explains how today’s watermelons are not very natural. What do you think of this kind of scientific progress? What other foods do you think are very different today than they were in the past?
  • See if you can find an interesting article or video in English about watermelon and then summarize it.

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