Food - Drink
The Unexpectedly Massive Amount Of Watermelon Varieties
By CATHERINE WOMACK
Watermelons originated in Africa and have been around for over 4,000 years. Today, however, there are over 1,200 varieties of watermelon, and the popularity of specific varieties varies by country and region.
Although the green rind and red flesh ones are the most popular, watermelons come in many sizes, colors, and flavors. For example, the Yellow Crimson watermelon has yellow flesh and tastes like honey, and Moon and Stars watermelons have a distinct spotted pattern of small yellow "stars" surrounding a large circular "moon."
In Japan, specially grown square watermelons sell for up to $200, and a Densuke watermelon — a variety known for its black rind and grown exclusively in Hokkaido, Japan — once sold at auction for $6,300. In the U. S., however, most watermelons grown commercially are strains of the Charleston Gray.