When you think of watermelon, you probably think of summer memories.
It is generally accepted that the picnic is not complete without a juicy watermelon, big enough to share with the whole family. But how are these giant watermelons produced?
Recent news has shown that efforts to make the watermelons that big has led to an unexpected effect in China: exploding watermelons.
It all began when farmers noticed that some of their fruits snapped in half. Back then, hundreds of acres of melons were lost in the same way.
However, these melons did not explode by themselves: while 19 of the 20 farmers claimed that they did not use chemicals in their field, one popular fertilizer was found guilty.
Forchlorfenuron is widely used to make melons up to 20% larger and allows them to be read even two weeks earlier than they should.
This surely provides significant profits for farmers. Melons treated with this fertilizer are often less tasty, more distorted and filled with white seeds instead of black.
How to protect yourself
The best way to throw these harmful chemicals out of your diet is to buy local organic products or grow your own food. If you are on a budget, try to avoid Chinese products, which have been internationally criticized repeatedly as fake products.