Seeded vs. Seedless Watermelon

Watermelon is one of my absolute favorite things to eat in the summer!

It is extremely hydrating and so refreshing when it starts to really heat up outside.

Unfortunately, every year, it gets harder and harder to find seeded watermelon. When did seedless watermelon become the norm. Even Wholefoods and some of the natural health food coops only sell seedless watermelon. If I didn’t know any better I would think seedless watermelon is how they naturally grow.

But this would be a huge mistake.

As a culture, we have become so excited about technology that we use it to make everything in our lives more convenient.  In the past 20 years, we’ve experimented more with our food supply than we ever have prior to that in the history of humanity. Genetically modified foods, pesticides, hybrid produce, and more.

We think we’re just making things easier. I mean, who wants to spend time picking out watermelon seeds if we don’t have to right?

The problem is, we really don’t know the side effects of all of this tampering with the DNA structure and production of our food. It’s all so new and no studies have been done to show the long term impact of our “innocent” experiments. We are the study. The general population is the experiment.

And I’m just no comfortable with new technology being tested on me.

I’ve noticed seedless watermelon taste different. It’s not as sweet as it’s seeded counterparts. Yes, they tend to be small and easier to cut. But what’s the price of this small convenience? No amount of rinsing and washing can eliminate the toxicity of altering the DNA of the produce.

In an effort to maintain my health and the health of my family, I prefer to eat foods closest to their natural state as possible.

Don’t get me wrong. I love technology and advancement. But I’d rather keep it confined to my TV and cell phone, not my food supply.

So imagine my delight when I walked into a Wholefoods in Atlanta, Georgia and saw a seeded watermelon!

I did a double take at the sign.

And sure enough, it was a seeded watermelon!

I was excited. Hubby rushed right over and put one in the cart for me. It’s my first watermelon of the season. And it was absolutely delicious!


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