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Why is my watermelon white/light pink inside?

why is my watermelon white inside or at least very light pink?  Several people in our area have purchased what they thought was a perfectly good watermelon only to find the insides very light pink/white. They have little to no sweetness to them also. I think it all comes down to their messing with the watermelons to keep the black seeds out and this is the result! Anybody have any facts

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Hello, Debosh.


There are about 1,200 varieites of watermelon with several varieties yielding different interior colors ranging from the more common red to orange, yellow, or pink.

It's possible your area had a slightly diifferent variety of watermelon. Genetic manipulation has created many varieties and are available around the world.  Such manipulation has seen the development of the so-called seedless watermelon first bred in Japan in the 1930's.  They are not truly seedless.  They just contain fewer very light-colored and soft-textured seeds that are undeveloped, compared to the more common  fully-developed hard, dark variety.

These melons are crossbred by using natural pollen from male/female varieties and  overtime eventually leads to a  brand-new variety.  There is nothing wrong with these nutritionally and there is certainly no danger in eating them.

Blocking sunlight would prevent color formation altogether which would make it colorless buit could also deter development of sweetness.  Cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower have all been grown this way too. 

However it is important that watermelon not be picked off the vine too early, for if this was the case, it would not have ripened sufficiently and would therefore be deficient in development of sweetness and color! 

Hope this helps you.


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I love it this way, I"m always combing the shops looking for one like that. I prefer it not too sweet. Wish they cultivated some like that so I could get a guarenteed supply it can be such a nightmare going to all the shops searching for the palest.

Some watermelons are supposed to be white inside but they are sweet. 



Watermelons that are pink inside are safe to eat.  This is usually caused by a lack of sufficient water during the growing period, and often happens during hot, dry summers.    They will still be sweet, but not as sweet as if they were given more water during growing.

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