How does a Naturcharc watermelon go from a seedling to reaching the homes in half of Europe?
The story of the watermelon has its roots almost in legend. Its cultivation dates from 3,500 years before Christ and is already reflected in the hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt, where it was cultivated on the banks of the Nile River. Its fame throughout the world began thanks to the Arabs, who spread it throughout the Mediterranean basin as a fruit full of antioxidant qualities and of course very refreshing. Not surprisingly, it is the quintessential summer fruit, an essential product that comes from Naturcharc https://naturcharc.com/nuestra-familia/ to the pantries of half of Europe.
But the whole journey begins, of course, on the farm. Or, more specifically, in the care with which our master farmers select the seeds and varieties to obtain a product that combines sweetness with juiciness. Once this first phase is completed, sowing begins. Watermelon is a plant that needs very specific temperature and irrigation conditions. The climatic parameters that we find in the province of Almería are optimal for its development during the spring months, when temperatures begin to rise.
The watermelon plant grows close to the ground, although its roots can reach very deep. That is why it requires expert care to offer a soil that combines the best characteristics of density and humidity that are ideal for the plant to develop in an optimal way. The daily care of our farmers ensures a perfect development, in which the water distribution adapts to the growth phase of the plant, but also to the climatic conditions that accompany each phase of its growth.
In fact, watermelon is the fruit with the highest proportion of water. It has no less than 95% of water in its total weight. A fact that makes it the ideal companion for hot summer days. Interestingly, watermelon is more closely related to some types of vegetables than to fruits. It is from the same botanical family as cucumbers or zucchini, but the element that places it decisively in the kingdom of fruits is its sweet and smooth flavor. Even so, it barely has 6.3 grams of sugar per 100 of weight, so it is not going to ruin your efforts on “Operation Swimsuit.”
Watermelon has a development time on the plant of about three months. It is essential to allow the fruit to develop to its optimum size before harvesting it. The size of watermelons varies greatly, but it is a large fruit and only the expert gaze of our farmers can determine when the perfect time for harvesting has arrived. From the field they will then go to our warehouses, where they will be classified and stored in the best conditions before starting their way to your markets.
Watermelon is one of the star products of our organic production not only here in Spain, but also in European markets, where it is highly appreciated as a dessert dish. It is a long journey that must be carried out carefully, maintaining optimal temperature conditions that allow the fruit to ripen in due time. The goal is always to reach your table at the right time to offer the highest quality fruitl. Watermelons provide many essential nutrients: vitamin C, minerals and antioxidant elements such as lycopene, which in addition to giving it its intense red color help us to better recover from sun exposure in summer.