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Watermelon Varities

Fascination

 
FEATURES TECHNICAL DATA
  • Improved disease resistance with intermediate resistance to: Fusarium wilt races 0, 1 and Anthracnose race 1
  • Larger size seedless; mostly 45 count and 36 count
  • Uniform fruit size and blocky fruit shape
  • Good fruit set and excellent yield potential
  • Rich, deep skin color, classy appearance
  • Attractive red firm flesh with very small pips and great watermelon flavor
  • Maturity is usually 2-3 days earlier than Tri-X® Brand 313
  • Has potential for use in fresh cut industry
 
  • Approx. days to maturity 83
  • Fruit shape Blocky
  • Avg. fruit weight 16 - 20 lbs.
  • Rind pattern Very deep, rich green skin with a medium Crimson Sweet stripe
  • Fruit flesh description Very firm, dark red flesh
  • Disease resistance* IR: Co: 1 / Fon: 0, 1

Crunchy Red

   
FEATURES TECHNICAL DATA
  • Meets Fresh cut standards
  • Wide growing adaptability
  • High brix
  • Appealing deep red color
  • Good shipping ability
  • External color: medium green to medium dark green stripes
 
  • Color: Red
  • Weight:16-20 lbs
  • Disease Resistance
  • Anthraconse Race 1

SuperSeedless

   
FEATURES TECHNICAL DATA
  • Hybrid Triploid Watermelon
 
  • Color: Bright red
  • Weight:16-20 lbs
  • Disease Resistance
  • Anthraconse Race 1

Watermelons

For a long time, watermelon has been taken for granted as a sweet, tasty summertime fruit, made of sugar and water, and nothing more.

Over the past years, nutritionists, medical professionals, scientists and researchers have taken an interest to find out more about watermelon's health benefits.

As it turns out, watermelon is incredibly healthy!

 

Recently research has shed new light on its potential health benefits. Watermelon contains high concentrations of lycopene, an antioxidant that may help reduce the risks of cancer and other diseases.

Watermelon is the Lycopene Leader among fresh produce. In addition to its healthy properties and effects on women, children, men and pregnant women, watermelon is an important part of a healthy diet.

Nutritionists have long appreciated the health benefits watermelon provides.

Watermelon not only boosts your "health esteem," but it is has excellent levels of vitamins A and C and a good level of vitamin B6.

How to Grow a Great Watermelon:
You need three things to grow watermelon: sun, bees and water. Farmers generally grow watermelon in rows, 8-12 feet apart, in raised beds 4-12 inches high composed of fertilized sand or sandy loam.

 

How To Pick a Good Watermelon
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Look the watermelon over. You are looking for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents.

  2. Lift it up. The watermelon should be heavy for it's size. Watermelon is 92% water, most of the weight is water.

  3. Turn it over. The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.

How To Store A Watermelon

Watermelons can be kept for short periods of time, up to 2 weeks, uncut at room temperature. Wash watermelon with soap and water before cutting. Once cut, package what is not eaten in closed plastic containers or bags and put back in the refrigerator.

Ask The Experts: The Yellow-Bellied Watermelon
The creamy yellow flat spot on the "belly" of the watermelon is where the watermelon laid on the ground during the growing process and it's definitely a good thing. In fact, its "yellowness" is a telltale sign that the watermelon is ready to be harvested.

Don't worry too much about the outside of your watermelon.

A big reason watermelon is one of the cleanest fruits in the produce aisle is because of its thick rind, which is capable of taking a lot of abuse while protecting the juicy flesh inside. Your watermelon may have small nicks and scratches. It might even be dirty. As long as the nicks and scratches aren't deep enough to expose the flesh, you'll be just fine.

I should note, however, that it's still important to give your watermelon (and all your fruits and vegetables!) a thorough washing before you cut or eat them. At the end of the day, remember that watermelons are a lot like people. It's not what's on the outside – but what's on the inside – that matters most.

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Schoolcraft, MI 49087
Physical Address:
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Schoolcraft, MI 49087

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