A sturdy and reliable watermelon that holds up well in the field.
- Oval fruits have a very hard rind
- Deep pink, sweet flesh
- Resistant to fusarium wilt
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
The Story of Picnic
This mid-season variety of watermelon was bred by Asgrow Seed Company and introduced in 1972.
It is possible that the watermelon originated in Africa and that it was cultivated in the Nile Valley as early as the 2nd millennium BCE and is mentioned in the Bible.
Later the watermelon was brought to India and China before being brought to Europe. It was brought to North America by European colonists and African slaves.
Put it on the Dinner Table
This variety works for
- Fresh eating
Nothing compares to the experience of eating fresh watermelon slices on a warm summer day. Watermelon flesh can also be used for cold soups with citrus or in salads with arugula and feta cheese.
To make a refreshing watermelon granita, or frozen ice, blend 4 cups of watermelon flesh that has been cubed and seeded with 1/4 cup of sugar and juice from half of a lime. Pour the mixture into a shallow dish and freeze for 1-3 hours. You can then scrape the ice with a fork and serve with mint or basil.
Some people pickle the rinds of watermelons with cider vinegar and pickling spices or with a combination of sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. These pickles are a great addition to appetizer trays at parties.