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What Watermelon Teaches Us

August 7, 2013


Watermelon is probably the best fruit.

It’s often accompanied by friends, family, and general merriment. Yet, even if you’re eating it alone, there’s something about watermelon that makes you feel fresh and alive. This might be due to watermelon’s 90% water content, but I like to think we get this feeling for another reason.

Watermelon has a true season.

It’s not like you can’t eat it in December, modern day food distribution can get you almost any food at any time,  but it doesn’t quite taste the same in December as it does in July. It’s often more expensive in the winter and spring, that is, if you can even find it at the grocery store.

Whether people know why they are attracted to watermelon in the summer and not in the winter, I’m not sure. But science proves that at some level most people understand that “It’s a summer fruit”, “It has a poor taste”, and “It’s poor quality” in the wintertime.

Watermelon teaches us how to live in sync with nature.

It reminds us that certain foods are meant to be eaten in certain months. And it’s not just because that’s when the natural growing season is, but because it tastes better when all the factors leading to a great watermelon — from sunlight to soil temperature to space — come together to form a fruit that’s almost as much fun to spit out as it is to eat. Yes, I’m talking about those pesky, but lovable, seeds.

Now trust me, I’m not discrediting growers who use hoop houses, hydroponics, and other resourceful ways to grow watermelon out of season. Trust me, if it’s done well, I’ll be buying watermelon in December as much as the next person. I’m saying that watermelon is a gentle reminder that our planet brings rewards with every season, and waiting 8 months out of the year to reap those rewards isn’t always a bad thing. It’s natural. It makes watermelon taste that much better come July.

In this well-connected, fast-paced world we could all use a little patience.

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  • Katie O’Neil

    I’ve eaten approximately three entire watermelons in the week since reading this.

    • Emma Zimmerman

      I can’t say I didn’t do the same. Had watermelon on my mind!

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