Could the Sweetest Watermelon at Wednesday's Rose Park Farmers' Market be Yellow?
"The sweetest watermelon at the moment is yellow." That was Katherine Tallmadge's conclusion after tasting every darn watermelon at the Dupont Circle Fresh Farm Market on Sunday. "I've always avoided the yellow watermelon; I guess you could say I've been kinda prejudiced against a watermelon colored ... yellow!" But with fruit tasting so bland and mushy this year because of excessive rain, she said she was desperate to find something sweet. So she reluctantly tried a yellow one at the Quaker Valley farm stand. "What a sweet surprise! I was overwhelmed by its sweet juicy-ness; the best at the market," said Katherine. Luckily, Quaker Valley sells fruit at Georgetown's Rose Park Market on Wednesday, including the very same yellow watermelon. Give up any watermelon biases you may have, and just try it!
A yellow watermelon is a natural variety of watermelon hailing from Africa. It's high in beta-carotene - which provides its yellow color - and vitamin C.
"To broaden the narrow watermelon gene pool, US Department of Agriculture researchers went back to wild watermelon relatives in Africa to find genes resistant to problems like watermelon vine decline, root-knot nematodes, zucchini yellow mosaic virus, and wilting diseases," According to USDA's monthly Agriculture Research Magazine.
What to do with a yellow watermelon? Of course, any watermelon (even the yellow kind) is great completely naked, cubed in any salad, crushed into popsicle molds or a margarita. Its watery and slightly crunchy sweetness perfectly complements heat or salt in many recipes. Here are just a few of Katherine's favorites...