My memories of watermelon are a mixture of joy and feeling appalled. Though I adore the flavor and the texture, I can’t help but remember the kind filled with an enormous amount of seeds that would show up at the family picnics of my youth. A group of people eating watermelons filled with seeds quickly turns gross. Seeds sliding down facing with what resembles brain matter and then the inevitable spitting begins. Even though we were outside, it still seemed uncouth and nasty, so I would rarely try a watermelon back then and opted out of the spitting sport. Though apparently in 1995, Jason Schayot set the world record for spitting a watermelon seed when he blew it out of his mouth for an astonishing 75 feet, 2 inches, which is almost a quarter of a football field.
Today, with the growing popularity of seedless watermelons, they’ve finally transformed into a food I can actually eat. But I’m still a bit sad that one day, the black seeded watermelon will be only something in tales of yesteryear. Seedless watermelons, though much easier to eat, are the food equivalent of a mule. Though not genetically modified, they are created with sterile hybrids formed by crossing genetically incompatible parents. So one thing can be said for these seeded watermelons, for all their inconvenience, they at least had a much happier home life. The little white things in the seedless variety are pips that would have been seeds had it have the good fortune of being a normal watermelon.
That seems to be a running theme with food from the past. While the newer versions seem much more practical, part of me yearns for what used to be. Granted, sometimes we’ve learned that the food we ate was pure poison, but in other cases it became simply too inconvenient for our fast-paced lifestyles. Thus is the case of the lowly seeded watermelon. And unfortunately, I can’t complain. It’s been improved in a way that finally allows me to enjoy it. All without the spitting contests. Which is just fine, as I’ve never been terribly good at sports.
You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month!
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