Watermelon is a classic summer fruit loved by many for its refreshing taste and high-water content. While most people are familiar with the traditional, red-fleshed watermelon, there is another variety of watermelon that is becoming increasingly popular: the yellow watermelon.

What is a yellow watermelon?
Yellow watermelon, also known as yellow-fleshed watermelon, is a variety of watermelon that has bright yellow flesh instead of the traditional red. It has a thin, pale-yellow rind with dark green stripes, and its flesh is sweet, juicy, and slightly milder in taste than its red-fleshed counterpart. The yellow colour comes from a naturally occurring pigment called beta-carotene, also found in yellow and orange fruits and vegetables.

Yellow Watermelon sliced and displayed alongside the traditional red watermelons.

What are the origins of yellow watermelons?
This variant of watermelon has been grown for centuries in Africa and Asia, but they have only recently gained popularity in other parts of the world. In the United States, yellow watermelons are primarily grown in the southern states, where the warm climate is ideal for their growth. The earliest records of yellow watermelons date back to the 10th century in China, where they were cultivated for their unique flavour and medicinal properties.

What are the nutritional benefits of a yellow watermelon?
These pulpy fruits are a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, which assists in maintaining healthy blood pressure. They are also low in calories and high in water content, making them a great choice for anyone looking to stay hydrated or lose weight. In fact, a single cup of diced yellow watermelon contains only 46 calories and 92% water.

Yellow Watermelon sliced displayed on a plate.

How to choose the perfect yellow watermelon?
When choosing a yellow watermelon, look for one that is heavy for its size and has a uniform shape. The rind should be firm and free from any soft spots or cracks. Tap the watermelon and listen for a hollow sound, a tell-tale sign of it being ripe. If it sounds dull, it may be underripe or overripe. You can keep it at room temperature for up to a week, or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Once cut, store the leftover fruit in the refrigerator and eat it within a few days.

What are the best ways to enjoy yellow watermelons?
Yellow watermelons compliment several foods and can be consumed in many of the same ways as traditional red watermelon. Slice it into wedges and enjoy it as a refreshing snack on a hot day or chop it up and add it to fruit salads or smoothies. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try grilling the watermelon slices for a unique and delicious twist. Yellow watermelons are a great addition to savoury dishes, such as salsa or gazpacho.

Yellow Watermelon sliced and displayed alongside the traditional red watermelons.
The yellow variants are a sweet and juicy twist on a classic summer fruit. They have a unique flavour and are a good source of vitamins and minerals, low in calories, and easy to incorporate into your diet. If you’ve never tried a yellow watermelon before, why not give it a try this summer? You might just discover a new favourite fruit! 

At C & M Watermelon Imports we only import the highest quality varieties of fruit – for a full list follow this link. We import long and round watermelons, weighing 5kg to 30kg. We deliver to everywhere inside the M25, and we can also arrange transport and shipping to all parts of the UK and Ireland – including Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds.

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