Journey through the watermelon story to discover the invaluable people and steps it takes to enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes.
“The watermelon industry is so unique and special. Everyone has made the decision to dedicate their lives and livelihoods to watermelon, so it's a real tight-knit group of people that feels more like a family than an organization.”
“There’s just a lot of satisfaction that goes into the hours and days and months of work that we’ve put into a watermelon crop, and finally getting to see it come out of the field and go out on a semi truck and just knowing that somebody somewhere is going to get to buy that watermelon.”
Watermelon is grown in rows and in raised beds composed of well drained sandy soils.
The crop is ready to harvest within 3 months.
All watermelon is handpicked and cut from the vine.
Pickers look for a pale or buttery yellow spot on the bottom of the watermelon, indicating ripeness.
Pitching crews follow the cutters and pitch watermelon hand-to-hand to load into trucks.
At the packing shed, watermelon is inspected for quality, washed and separated according to size.
Watermelon is available in a variety of cuts to fit your lifestyle: whole, mini, fresh cuts and juice.
Once cut from the vine, a watermelon has about 3-4 weeks of shelf life.
According to the FDA, you should wash all fruits and vegetables (even those with rinds!) in clean, running water before eating them.
100% of the watermelon is edible.