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Nothing hits the spot at an outdoor gathering quite like a beautiful slice of sweet, juicy watermelon — a perfect food to toss into a salad or eat on its own, with an edible rind that makes you want to pickle. And yet, we thought it might be fun to work with the fruit in unexpected ways. For summertime fun, try these unusual recipes, and put your watermelon wisdom to the test with the following quiz.

1

Settlers in the New World (America) were growing and harvesting watermelons as early as:

1576
early 18th century
1629

2

Cakes baked and decorated to look like watermelons were first developed in:

the mid-1950s
1965
the late 1800s

3

Famous Americans who grew watermelons include:

Thomas Jefferson
both
Henry David Thoreau

4

The best way to tell whether a whole watermelon is ripe is:

Thump it; listen for a hollow thud.
There isn't one; you have to cut it open.
Look for yellow spot on the underside (where it rested on the ground).

5

Internal cracks in watermelon flesh (harmless, and caused by extreme weather during growing) are known as:

Snap lines
Hollow Heart
Fruit Fault

6

Those white things (edible!) that look like seeds in your seedless watermelon are:

bugs
seeds
seed coats

7

Once a watermelon’s cut from the vine, it has a shelf life of:

2 months
3 to 4 weeks
1 week

8

Watermelons consistently stored at a cool room temperature (about 70 degrees) have higher amounts of:

lycopene
potassium
water

9

A 15-pound watermelon yields about how many cups of cubed flesh?

15
8
11

10

Which one of these is not a watermelon variety?

Stars 'n' Stripes
Big Baby
Sweet Favorite

Your score: 0 / 10

Recipes


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Watermelon Molasses


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Two-Melon Shake


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Compressed Watermelon Salad


(Photo by Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post)

Bacon-and-Cornmeal-Fried Watermelon

Archive recipes:

Tuna Watermelon Seviche

The Matermelon

Sparkling Watermelon

Pickled Watermelon Rind

Watermelon Salad With Dodonis Feta, Arugula and Fennel