Watermelon season in New Zealand is from December to March.
Storage and Handling
Ripen on the bench, then store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
Watermelon is thought to be native to the Kalahari Desert in Africa. A watermelon harvest was depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics 5000 years ago. In Egypt, watermelons were often placed in the burial tombs of kings.
By the 10th century the growing of watermelons had spread to China, which is now the world’s number one producer.
Watermelon is over 90% water
Watermelon is related to cucumbers and pumpkin
It is mostly consumed and cultivated in China
Over 1200 varieties are grown around the world in over 96 countries
*Source: 5+a Day