What is the Family of Watermelon?
Watermelons are a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, which includes cucumbers, squash, and melons. This family is made up of over 100 genera and 900 species of annual or perennial vines, herbs, shrubs, and trees. The Cucurbitaceae family is native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world.
Characteristics of the Cucurbitaceae Family
The Cucurbitaceae family is characterized by its large leaves that are usually palmately lobed or divided into three parts. The flowers are unisexual and have five petals. The fruit is typically a fleshy berry with many seeds inside. Some members of this family produce edible fruits such as watermelons, cantaloupes, pumpkins, and cucumbers.
Uses for Watermelons
Watermelons are one of the most popular summer fruits in the United States. They can be eaten fresh or used in salads, smoothies, juices, and desserts. Watermelons are also a great source of vitamins A and C as well as potassium and magnesium. In addition to being eaten fresh, watermelons can also be pickled or cooked down into a syrup.