Watermelons, related to other melons such as rockmelon and honeydew, are usually a heavy, elongated oval or round shape with thick, dark green or yellowish skin and often have stripes or markings. The interior flesh is a bright pink colour with harder white flesh closer to the skin, and small dark seeds and white seeds are scattered throughout the flesh. Some seedless varieties are now also available.
Locally grown watermelon are available from mid-summer in South Australia. There are many varieties of watermelon, with the most common being the ‘Red Tiger’, a variety that is an oblong shape, with dark green skin and dark pink, sweet flesh. Other watermelon varieties include ‘Viking’, ‘Allsweet’, ‘Sugar Baby’ and ‘Champagne’.
Watermelon takes around four months to grow. To determine if a watermelon is ripe, tap on its rind and if it makes a hollow, drum-like sound, it is ready to be harvested. Watermelon can be stored at room temperature until cut, then cover it and place it in the refrigerator.
Gerry Bariamis, Patlin Gardens and B&A Andonopoulos stalls sell watermelon at Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market.