As many of us may know, watermelons with seeds are becoming harder and harder to find. In the last 10 years seeded watermelons went from 42 percent of the total being sold in grocery stores down to 16 percent, according to the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Watermelons that naturally have seeds, in my opinion are a lot sweeter, juicier, and have better texture than watermelons without seeds. Customers buying a watermelon that is sweet and ripe, consider it to be one of the great joys of summer. I would venture to say that the seeded watermelons are the favorites, because they’re natural grown.
They naturally develop a sweet flavor when grown under the right conditions, like dry and warm weather and a long growing season. Seedless watermelons always seem to have something missing in terms of taste compared to the seeded watermelons. Growing a seedless watermelons can be challenging too. Seedless watermelon get bad review because of the way they are grown. A seedless watermelon is a sterile hybrid which is created by crossing male pollen for a watermelon.
I would have to say that the seedless watermelons are considered the favorite, considering it’s easier to eat. Seedless watermelon are not as crispy and juicy as the seeded one are. The seedless watermelon can be sweeter, but sometimes the texture can be sort of mushy. Let’s take a look at the process of growing seedless watermelons and the difference in the way that it’s grown. The startup requires being indoors, under specific temperature and moisture guides to make sure of proper germination. The seeded watermelon doesn’t require that type of climate control environment. The seedless watermelons requires a pollinator watermelon to set fruits.
It usually takes about 7 to 14 days for the watermelons to germinate. Farmers who plant watermelons from seeds usually have to wait 85 to 95 days from the planting time before they can harvest their watermelons. Growers who plant from starter plants have to wait 65 to 75 days. The actual fruit growth lasts for about a month. After the seedless watermelons have been harvested, it has a longer shelf life than the seeded watermelon. The shelf life can last that long, because there are no seeds breaking down the flesh. Some would say that there are really no difference between seedless and seeded watermelon when it comes to taste. This is not true, watermelons with white seeds lack vitality and are deficient in minerals and other nutrients. The texture will also be different than the real seeded watermelon.
The seedless watermelon will also be unnaturally high in sugar, which is why it tastes sweeter. Seedless watermelon also have unnaturally low mineral content. All watermelon grown and sold for commercial use must meet a minimum brix level, or sweetness level. Most watermelon exceeds that level, with some having a slightly higher brix level depending on the seed variety and some of the other factors. If you find white seeds inside of a watermelon it is a sign of genetic altering and this can be harmful to the human body because of the lack of nutrients.
The increase in consumer demand, and the convenience of eating the seedless watermelon has led to more varieties and growth of the industry. There are about 200-300 different type of watermelon grown, but only about 50 of them are very popular. So, if you’re just looking for a quick, no-hassle snack I would recommend a seedless watermelon. If you would like something that would provide a source of snack food/entertainment, along with projectiles you can spit at your annoying relatives or friends, you’ll probably prefer the seeded watermelon.