Watermelons belong to the cucurbitaceae family comprising the cantaloupe, squash, pumpkin, cucumber and gourd, all of which grow and flourish on vines on the ground. I love walking through the watermelon patch on Mahota Farm on Sun Island and harvesting a fully ripened fruit for lunch, having developed a great liking for the fruit the last couple of years in this country of blistering hot summers. On a really hot and sultry day, nothing beats a few slices of this sweet, cool and refreshing fruit which quickly lifts one’s flagging spirits and boosts one’s energy.
China, accounting for over half of the world’s supply of the fruit, is by far the largest watermelon-producing country. Watermelons are plentiful, cheap, and readily available, and served in practically every home and restaurant across the country in the summer months. In many other parts of the world, watermelons are readily available all year long.