Summertime is the perfect season for sweet, crisp watermelon. There are few things sweeter than biting into watermelon wedges on the beach, in the backyard, or even on road trips. While you might knew a few basic watermelon tricks, like sticking popsicle sticks in the wedge rinds or salting it to bring out the sweetness, you might not know everything about watermelon. Did you know that yellow watermelon exists? And not only does it exist, but it’s also delicious.
So what’s the difference between yellow flesh watermelon and your garden variety red color, regular watermelons? Traditional watermelons get the pinkish shade from lycopene, a powerful antioxidant and the stuff that makes tomatoes red — and what scientists modified to create these pink pineapples. Watermelons that don’t contain lycopene will often have a yellow fruit.
On the outside, yellow watermelons look just like any other watermelon, with a rind that grows deeper green as the melon ages and ripens. They can be seedless watermelons, with countless seedless varieties. With yellow watermelons, though, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Aside from the obvious color difference, yellow watermelons tend to be sweeter than their reddish relatives, described with notes of honey and apricot.
The sweet taste makes it especially perfect for soaking in booze, like tequila or rum for a tasty, saucy treat. While it’s not an extremely sweet taste, it cuts through the edge of spirits nicely.
Yellow watermelons are available year-round from specialty produce suppliers — and maybe some select grocery stores — with a peak season in the summer months.
Yellow Flesh Black Diamond Watermelon, Desert King, Yellow Crimson, Yellow Doll, Buttercup and Tastigold are just a few of the varieties of yellow watermelon for sale and cultivation.
While many people think it’s the other way around, there’s a good amount of evidence indicating the yellow and white varieties of watermelons actually predate the pink and red melons we are familiar with today.
If you’re ready to give yellow watermelon a go, you can pick up yellow watermelon seeds online or at your local plant store. If you want to stick to traditional reddish tint watermelons, we don’t blame you, but branching out won’t hurt.
Need inspiration to get started? Try this!
1. Yellow Watermelon Salad with Pickled Ginger Cucumber Relish
The relish is the real star of this dish, though the colors alone just scream a summer barbecue’s appetizer. Parsley especially brings out the fresh, sweet taste of the watermelon.
Feel free to add a smidge of dill in the recipe, it pairs with the cucumber beautifully. Find the recipe here.