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History of Watermelon

Watermelon is thought to have originated in the Kalahari Desert of Africa. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt and is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics on walls of their ancient buildings. Watermelons were often placed in the burial tombs of kings to nourish them in the afterlife.

The United States currently ranks fourth in the worldwide production of watermelon. Forty-four states grow watermelons with Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and Arizona consistently leading the country in production.

There are about 200-300 varieties of watermelon, although there are about 50 varieties that are very popular. The modern watermelon lover sees his or her watermelon options as these five types: Seeded, Seedless, Mini, Yellow and Orange.

Premier Melon Company, Inc.

Headquartered in Southwest Michigan, Premier Melon Company is a year round grower / shipper / packer of the finest watermelons on the market. With our commitment to food safety, Premier Melon is your connection between the field and the fork, providing the best watermelons at the best prices. 

Our shipping locations include Clewiston, FL, Wauchula, FL, Adel, GA, Pineview, GA, Oaktown, IN and Schoolcraft, MI.

Premier Melon has carefully selected our watermelon varieties to produce a high quality mouth watering treat.  Our facilities are 3rd party certified according to current food safety guidelines.

All of our watermelons are washed and sanitized and packed across computerized sizing machines where every watermelon is weighed, separated and placed to ensure accurate packing per our customer's specs.

We take pride in the relationships that we've nurtured with our growers, transportation companies and our customers, which include retail, wholesalers and food service companies.

Fun Facts

  • Watermelon is 92% water.

  • By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.

  • Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

  • The largest watermelon ever grown weighed in at 262 pounds according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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spPremier Melon Company, Inc.

Phone: (269) 679-3790
Fax: (269) 679-3796
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 537
Schoolcraft, MI 49087
Physical Address:
666 Angell St.
Schoolcraft, MI 49087

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