When we talk about watermelons, they usually are referring to Astrakhan watermelons - the most popular in Russia. However, watermelon watermelon strife. In total there are more than 1,200 varieties of the largest striped berries.
1. The smallest
When you look at a watermelon with a diameter of several centimeters, could not help think: why and to whom such a need? It turns out that even as the need! Grade «Pepquinos» actively buying fashionable restaurants all over the world to prepare delicious salads and desserts. Mikroarbuzy - not another achievement breeders. Wonderful kids grow wild in
South America. Our gardeners as they are certainly not interested in, because of the appearance of watermelon look like gooseberries and the taste - cucumbers. And that, and another in our gardens enough.
2. The most popular among Russians
Astrakhan watermelon - it's not just watermelon. It is a brand! In Soviet times, it is the "Astrakhan" allowed to "catch up and overtake", giving an opportunity to put a new record of the harvest. For disease resistance, excellent transportability and keeping quality grade value manufacturers and retailers. A people's love of buyers, too, is understandable - the traditional divine taste, delicious fresh flavor. Cut with a crunch - and the soul rejoices!
3. The most seedless
An indispensable component of a typical watermelon seeds are. For many of them spitting - an integral part of the ritual of eating sweets. But not for everyone! Perhaps it is for those who are annoying or exhausting extraction of seeds from the pulp, was bred seedless varieties "King of Hearts". Danger choke seeds, of course, he disappeared, but with her gone, it seems, and the charm of the moment of leisurely family get-togethers. A great meal in the center of the table, around - happy faces, smeared from ear to ear watermelon juice ... How nice!
4. The most unique
Watermelon varieties «Densuke» gather from your own backyard is not exactly succeed. Grow it in only one place on the planet - on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. However, the main feature of the rare plants - its outstanding appearance.
Cork black without a single strip is absolutely not similar to the traditional "coloring". But inside the watermelon is quite similar to their counterparts with juicy red pulp. Vintage black handsome - not more than 10 thousand pieces. The unusual appearance and limited "circulation" determine the cost of goodies - about $ 250.
Afford such entertainment may not be many. Interestingly, the auction proceeds from the sale of the first instance «Densuke» exceeded 6 thousand dollars. So this Watermelon can be called also the most expensive in the history of the cultivation of crops.
5. The biggest
To listen to the end of summer "aahs" and "oohs!" From the neighbors with envy looked down at the tiny, but they have grown close by watermelon, you have to put a lot of effort. Which methods resorted American Lloyd Bright, unknown. Surely, arizonets knows a secret, because in 1979 on his farm traditionally harvest huge watermelons.
In 2005, it raised a world record holder - the watermelon «Carolina Cross», whose weight was 122 kg. Russian farmers in 4 years gave "his answer." Krasnodarets Igor Lihosenko surprised everyone, "berry" in 61, 4 kg. Evil tongues say that the farmer planted a watermelon to a more powerful pumpkin roots that yielded impressive results. However, in horticulture, as in war, - all good.
6. Most nearbuzny taste
What's the taste of watermelon? Many quite reasonably say, "Watermelon!" But Astrakhan breeder Artem Sokolov accurately respond differently, because it sort of "Vector" has a unique muscatel flavor. He appeared by increasing the number of extremely useful for the organism sugars: glucose - essential "fuel" for the effective operation of cells and fructose - the sugar for digestion that does not need insulin. Curiosity was withdrawn in 2013. Then she became the winner of the contest "melon - a champion." By the way, the father of Artyom Sergei Sokolov is the founder of the world-famous variety "Moon" with amazing yellow flesh and delicate flavor of lemon.
7. The most unpretentious
For the maturation of watermelon need to get the whole summer was dry and sunny weather, the soil temperature does not fall below 10 degrees, the air - did not rise above 30. In general, too much 'but' to achieve a positive result. But is it in the nature of the Russian people to despair and helpless shrug?
Many years of practice led to the conclusion that a watermelon grow in a greenhouse is possible, if the plant, such as "sugar baby", which is not very demanding growing conditions. Giant roll up on the garden wheelbarrow from the greenhouse to the house, of course, fail. But throw in the trunk "real watermelons" in half to two kilos each, even for residents of the northern regions is realistic.