What We Got Wrong About Yellow Watermelon?

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What is yellow watermelon?

A yellow watermelon is a regular watermelon with a yellow interior. It can be a little on the sweeter side, but it’s still an enjoyable fruit on its own merit. Its color comes from the presence of anthocyanin, which is also what gives blueberries their color.

Sounds pretty straight forward, right? Well not exactly…the name “watermelon” has been borrowed by other fruits that have nothing to do with wet melons and in fact often have nothing to do with any type of melon at all! In Hawaii they call this type of fruit “farmer’s market squash”.

What is the use of yellow watermelon and where can it be found?

It can be used like a regular watermelon; cut it open, eat it, and enjoy the juicy goodness inside. It’s often used to make juice and has milder flavor than red watermelon. It is not a common fruit at grocery stores. It doesn’t get the same hype as the red version so they are not commonly available in any particular areas (except Hawaii). Some gardeners have had luck growing them as well if they are able to find seeds for them. We have a page that details how you can grow your own watermelons here: How To Grow Watermelons .

What are the features of yellow watermelon?

Yellow watermelon has a more subtle sweet flavor than the red variety. It is slightly sweeter and lacks a bit of the sharp pepperiness of the red watermelon. Some people claim that it has less of a sour taste than the red variety as well (which is true). The yellow watermelons don’t grow nearly as large as the red ones (typically about 1 foot in diameter or smaller).

What are some myths about yellow watermelon?

There are many myths about different fruits, so “yellow watermelon” isn’t all that strange. But there also some common fallacies associated with this misconception such as:
Yellow watermelon is not a real fruit. It is a variety of some other fruit (and one could go on and on about the fruit it’s supposed to be).

Yellow watermelon is made from yellow dye. This is actually true and can be attributed to the fact that it’s pretty hard to grow yellow watermelons, so some of them are made from yellow dye. The ones that aren’t dyed naturally have a more bland taste than their red counterparts and are not as popular in the market. Yellow watermelon is called a “Hawaiian squash” in Hawaii, not “farmer’s market squash”. Even though they are commonly known as Hawaiian squash all over Hawaii, most people know them as “yellow watermelons”.

What makes it so unique?

So how is this watermelon so different from any other watermelon? Well, to answer that, let’s first take a look at a typical watermelon. The skin is composed of a tough white shell that’s usually pretty thick and quite difficult to cut. Beneath the skin there are green fleshy things that form the “meat” we enjoy and eat. Yellow watermelon has no green flesh inside (it’s white). Instead it has what can be described as “fleshy green foam”.


The yellow watermelon is interesting in its own right, mostly because of its rarity. But it’s not any more “unique” than a regular watermelon. So if you want to call something other than a regular watermelon a “watermelon” feel free, just don’t forget that there are plenty of other fruits out there that have nothing to do with the real thing. I didn’t realize just how popular the watermelon is outside Hawaii! I’ve seen yellow watermelons at grocery stores near my house but never gave them much thought unless someone was talking about them and then I’d have to ask.


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