How Well Do You Know Watermelon?

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The species was long thought to have originated in southern Africa, but this was based on the erroneous synonymization by L. H. Bailey (1930) of a South African species with the cultivated watermelon. The error became apparent with DNA comparison of material of the cultivated watermelon seen and named by Linnaeus and the holotype of the South African species.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Watermelons is a fruit that grows ....

    • A.

      Annually

    • B.

      Monthly

    • C.

      Weekly

    • D.

      In two years

    Correct Answer
    A. Annually
    Explanation
    Watermelons are a fruit that grows annually. This means that they have a life cycle that lasts for one year. From planting the seeds to harvesting the fruit, the entire process takes approximately one year. During this time, the watermelon plant goes through various stages of growth, including the development of flowers, pollination, and fruit formation. Once the watermelons are fully grown and ripe, they can be harvested and enjoyed. Therefore, the correct answer is annually.

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  • 2. 

    The colour of juicy flesh of watermelon is ...

    • A.

      Green

    • B.

      Yellow

    • C.

      Red

    • D.

      Orange

    Correct Answer
    C. Red
    Explanation
    The colour of the juicy flesh of watermelon is red. Watermelon is known for its vibrant red flesh, which is sweet and refreshing. The red color is due to the presence of a pigment called lycopene, which is also found in other red fruits such as tomatoes. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that is beneficial for our health. Therefore, the correct answer is red.

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  • 3. 

    The watermelon is a flowering plant that originated in ...

    • A.

      West Africa

    • B.

      South Africa

    • C.

      Northeast Africa

    • D.

      Southwest Africa

    Correct Answer
    C. Northeast Africa
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Northeast Africa. The watermelon is believed to have originated in Northeast Africa, specifically in the region of Sudan. Archaeological evidence suggests that watermelons were cultivated in ancient Egypt as early as 4000 BC. From there, the cultivation of watermelons spread to other parts of Africa and eventually to other continents through trade and exploration. Today, watermelons are grown in various parts of the world, but their origins can be traced back to Northeast Africa.

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  • 4. 

    Watermelons were being cultivated in India in what century?

    • A.

      8th century

    • B.

      7th century

    • C.

      9th century

    • D.

      10th century

    Correct Answer
    B. 7th century
    Explanation
    Watermelons were being cultivated in India in the 7th century. This suggests that watermelon cultivation in India dates back to at least this time period.

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  • 5. 

    By the 10th century watermelon had reached where?

    • A.

      India

    • B.

      Nigeria

    • C.

      Brazil

    • D.

      China

    Correct Answer
    D. China
    Explanation
    Watermelon had reached China by the 10th century.

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  • 6. 

    The largest producer of watermelon in the world today is ....

    • A.

      China

    • B.

      Nigeria

    • C.

      Japan

    • D.

      Brazil

    Correct Answer
    A. China
    Explanation
    China is the correct answer because it is currently the largest producer of watermelon in the world. China has a favorable climate and suitable agricultural conditions for watermelon cultivation, allowing it to produce a significant amount of the fruit. Additionally, China has a large population and a high demand for watermelon, further driving its production. Nigeria, Japan, and Brazil are not the largest producers of watermelon globally.

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  • 7. 

    The Moors introduced the fruit into which country?

    • A.

      China

    • B.

      Spain

    • C.

      Brazil

    • D.

      Japan

    Correct Answer
    B. Spain
    Explanation
    The Moors introduced the fruit into Spain.

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  • 8. 

    The fruit had begun appearing in European herbals by what year?

    • A.

      1600

    • B.

      1800

    • C.

      1900

    • D.

      2000

    Correct Answer
    A. 1600
    Explanation
    The fruit began appearing in European herbals by the year 1600. This suggests that the fruit was already known and documented in Europe during this time, possibly indicating its introduction or discovery in the continent.

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  • 9. 

    It was widely planted in Europe in the what century as a minor garden crop?

    • A.

      15th century

    • B.

      16th century

    • C.

      17th century

    • D.

      18th century

    Correct Answer
    C. 17th century
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 17th century. During this time, the plant was widely planted in Europe as a minor garden crop.

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  • 10. 

    European colonists and slaves from .... introduced the watermelon to the New World.

    • A.

      Asia

    • B.

      South America

    • C.

      Africa

    • D.

      North America

    Correct Answer
    C. Africa
    Explanation
    European colonists and slaves from Africa introduced the watermelon to the New World. Watermelons are believed to have originated in Africa and were cultivated by ancient Egyptians. During the transatlantic slave trade, watermelon seeds were brought to the Americas by African slaves, who continued to grow and cultivate them in their new environment. This contributed to the spread and popularity of watermelons in the New World.

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