Watermelon - Long Watermelon (Not Available)
A member of the Cucurbitaceae family (which includes pumpkin and cantaloupe), watermelons are a native to the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa. Their refreshingly juicy flavour has been held in high regard throughout the ages – they were depicted in hieroglyphics on tomb walls dating back as far as 5,000 years ago!
How do we make sure we provide top quality long watermelon?
When ready to eat, watermelon has a sweet aroma at the stalk end, and is slightly soft at the other end. It should be heavy and dense – this indicates that the watermelon is fresh and juicy! We also tap the side to make sure that the watermelon sounds hollow – this is a good way of making sure the watermelon is mature.
Where do we source our long watermelon from?
We try to source Victorian watermelon, from the Mid-Murray and Sunraysia regions. When Victorian supply is short, we source from Queensland or the Riverland region of South Australia, or the Griffith or Murrumbidgee Irrigation regions of New South Wales.
What is the best way to keep long watermelon?
Watermelons should be refrigerated to keep their freshness, taste and juiciness. If a whole watermelon does not fit in your fridge, cut it up into as few pieces as possible, and cover with some cling wrap. Make sure you eat them within a few days though!
Long watermelon nutritional information
Watermelon contains significant amounts of water – in fact it is approximately 92% water by weight! It is surprisingly low in kilojoules relative to its sweetness. Watermelon is high in vitamin C and vitamin A. It also contains a compound known as lycopene, which is believed to help prevent prostate cancer.
Long watermelon seasonal information
Watermelon is available all year. The juicy refreshingness of the flesh means that watermelon taste (and supply) is at its peak during the summer months.
Long watermelon serving tips and suggestions
Eat watermelon on its own, in fruit salads, or in juices. Try freezing some pureed watermelon and gently blending for a delicious granita treat!