Illiana Watermelon Association Founded in 1991
The Illiana Watermelon Association is an association of watermelon growers, shippers and other industry supporters in the Bi-State Area (Indiana and Illinois) brought together for a common goal; promoting Watermelons
The promotion of Watermelon.
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Scientists believe the watermelon originated in tropical Africa, although it was found cultivated in Italy, India and southern Asia. Europeans introduced the watermelon to America and is currently grown throughout the United States and Central America.
Watermelon is in the same family as pumpkin, cucumber, squash, and specialty melons. They are available both seeded and seedless, and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.
Watermelon is over 90% water, and the pulp is naturally sweet with many health and nutritional benefits. It is an excellent source of lycopene, as well as vitamin A, B6, C, potassium and citrulline.