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Introducing Tiffany The Yellow Fleshed Watermelon Image Credit: Agriculture
Introducing Tiffany The Yellow Fleshed Watermelon Image Credit: Agriculture

Introducing Tiffany, The Yellow-Fleshed Watermelon

MOST OF US are familiar with the popular watermelon with red and yellow flesh. Plenty of farmers nowadays combine planting both red and yellow fleshed watermelons, since they are two of the consumer’s favorites. But did you know that each color contains a slight difference in nutrients?

Aubregyn V. Ancheta

According to livestrong.com, “yellow watermelon makes a healthy addition to your diet, it’s important to note the slight difference in nutrition between the yellow and red varieties. Yellow watermelon is a good source of beta carotene and red watermelon is a good source of lycopene. Both beta carotene and lycopene are antioxidants, and may provide protection against cancer and eye disease.”

Some farmers in Ilocos Sur, equipped with thorough knowledge on cultivation of watermelons for more than a decade, tried Known You’s yellow-fleshed watermelon Tiffany for more than two seasons. These farmers settled on the Tiffany after conducting a simple trial of whether the variety thrives well in their areas.

Farmers have been adaptive in trying different varieties to find one that suits their needs, since high farming costs have led them to smaller profits despite higher selling prices during peak seasons. They look for a variety that yields more, has great eating quality, good shipping ability, and is resilient against pests and diseases. Though these farmers believe that there is no such thing as a perfect variety, they hope, at least, that they could find the best one for their needs.

THE TIFFANY WATERMELON

Known You Marketer Albert Castillo has been meeting with these farmers, telling them about the good characteristics of the Tiffany. Tiffany watermelon is an oblong shaped watermelon with dark green and visible veined rind. It has yellow to orange color


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