Perfect Timing: It's National Watermelon Day

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BRIDGETON, N.J. -

Celebrate a tasty summer treat because Thursday, August, 3rd, is National Watermelon Day.

According to nationaldaycalendar.com, watermelons are made of 92-percent water, which comes in handy on hot and sticky days.

Farms across South Jersey, such as Sparacio Farms in Bridgeton, grow and pick fresh watermelons throughout the summer.

Owner Joseph Sparacio tells us how they go the extra mile to make sure your family is getting the best tasting and most refreshing melons.

When we know the watermelons are ready, usually I see my men out in the field actually eating the watermelon — they're the taste testers.

"Usually for harvest, it usually takes us about 45 to 50 days for a melon to be full, but it all depends on how hot it is, or how cold it is at night," said Sparacio.

"When we know the watermelons are ready, usually I see my men out in the field actually eating the watermelon and they're the taste testers so we know that they're ready."

The first recorded watermelon harvest in history occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt and it is the most consumed melon in the United States followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.

For more watermelon fun facts visit Watermelon.org.

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