Seeded watermelon are round or oblong in shape and range from 5 to 45 pounds. This iconic product is still available and might be good for a slice on the side, but not the easiest to deseed for recipes on menus.
Seedless are round to oblong and range from 10 to 25 pounds. Any white seed coats in the flesh are undeveloped and edible. Due to high demand approximately 85% of watermelon cultivars grown for the U.S. market are seedless.
Mini watermelon are round, seedless and range from 1 to 7 pounds. Mini watermelon might be a solution back of house if a shift will not utilize a whole seedless watermelon (on a salad or other recipe), but need fresh product each shift.
Yellow/orange watermelon are round, seeded or seedless and range from 10 to 30 pounds. Although not available year-round and across the country, this type offers another great color for a menu item with the same delicious watermelon flavor.
Watermelon is available year-round. The U.S. ranks 6th in worldwide production of watermelon. From midspring to early fall, watermelon are available from the U.S. More than 30 states grow watermelon but Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, and Texas consistently lead in production. From fall to early spring watermelon are available from Central America. Mexico is the largest importing country to the US. For a complete look at the production and availability of watermelon throughout the year, click here!
About National Watermelon Promotion Board
The National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB), based in Winter Springs, Florida, was established in 1989 as an agricultural promotion group to promote watermelon in the United States and in various markets abroad. Funded through a self-mandated industry assessment paid by more than 1,500 watermelon producers, handlers and importers, NWPB mission is to increase consumer demand for watermelon through promotion, research and education programs. The Foodservice Program strives to place more watermelon on menus year-round, offering menu development and promotion support to operators across the country. Watermelon’s health, value and versatility lend itself to all menus. For additional information, visit www.watermelon.org.