HAPPY WATERMELON DAY! (Team Seed Vs. Team Seedless)`
Happy Watermelon Day everyone!!!
In today's post, we settle an age-old argument about watermelons.... if the seed version or the seedless version is healthier.
Recently, seedless watermelons have been attacked by watermelon aficionados for tasting like cardboard, while Team Seedless likes the convenience of not spitting after every bite. Most of the contention originates from the assumption that seedless watermelons are genetically modified, this is false.
According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board (yes, there's one, they're awesome):
“A seedless watermelon is a sterile hybrid which is created by crossing male pollen, containing 22 chromosomes per cell, with a female watermelon flower with 44 chromosomes per cell. When this seeded fruit matures, the small, white seed coats inside contain 33 chromosomes, rendering it sterile and incapable of producing seeds. This is similar to the mule, produced by naturally crossing a horse with a donkey. This process does not involve genetic modification.”
Seedless can be GMO-free and are similar to the selective breeding that brought us cotton candy grapes.
Personally, I prefer watermelons with seeds, as they have more.... character and I can scare my nephews/nieces into believing a "tree" will grow in their bellies after the accidentally swallow a watermelon seed.
What about you? What team are you on?