Watermelon Queen planting seeds of Florida crop

Queen travels country promoting watermelons
Posted at 7:34 AM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 10:38:08-04

Don't let the crown and the sash fool you. 

Savannah Christensen knows watermelons. She knows how to pick them, how to slice them, and how to sell them.

Since being crowned the Florida Watermelon Queen back in January, Christensen has traveled the country pitching the benefits of watermelons for the Florida Watermelon Association.

"[I] go to schools, I go to trade shows, we do a lot of festivals, as well," Christensen says. She's also been to grocery store openings from Rhode Island to Canada.

Farmers grow watermelons in every part of the state, in fact, Florida is one of the country's top watermelon producers. Our climate allows for two watermelon seasons every year, one in the summer and one in the fall. Christensen's job is get people to think of "Florida Watermelons" like they think "Florida Oranges."

"It's a multi vitamin all to itself," she says. "It has vitamins A, B6 and C."

And she has a method for choosing the perfect watermelon.

"Basically, when we're looking at it, we want to make sure there's no deep cuts or bruises on it," she says. "When we pick it up, it should be pretty heavy for it's size. And when we turn it over, what we're actually looking for is this creamy yellow spot, which we call the yellow belly. It's where it ripened in the sun, so this is going to be very sweet."

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