Where's the watermelon of the 1970s?

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I've been discussing this topic with a few people that every year, the watermelon is less red. Less sweet. No seeds. Heavier and tastes less like it should.
Where is the bright red, candy sweet watermelon of our childhood?
Have they all been hybridized away?
I haven't eaten a really good one on a very long time.
 

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You know, I have caught myself eating watermelon these last couple years and the thought that its just not the same always popped into my head... i thought it was just me being a jaded adult lol
 

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Maryland’s Eastern Shore grows & ships out tons of sweeeeet red melons every year. Problem, like you said is big stores like fruit picked early, of a uniform size, color....etc. ‘cause thats what the customers want.

Still too early here for vine ripened Eastern Shore melons - heat of Summer & melons in a few months.
 

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Maryland’s Eastern Shore grows & ships out tons of sweeeeet red melons every year. Problem, like you said is big stores like fruit picked early, of a uniform size, color....etc. ‘cause thats what the customers want.

Still too early here for vine ripened Eastern Shore melons - heat of Summer & melons in a few months.
Lol idc what they look ! I want the taste!!
 

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Maryland’s Eastern Shore grows & ships out tons of sweeeeet red melons every year. Problem, like you said is big stores like fruit picked early, of a uniform size, color....etc. ‘cause thats what the customers want.

Still too early here for vine ripened Eastern Shore melons - heat of Summer & melons in a few months.
Now I'm jealous that you have the good stuff lol
 

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I don't have much memory of the 70's melon but I can definitely tell you it's not even the same as 80's melon... Whatever hybrid they are offering now is awful
 

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Corn is like that too now. I'm totally allergic or sensitive to the corn grown now. It doesn't taste right. I think corn crossbred with the corn grown for ethanol back in the 80's and into the 90's. It's high in nitrogen now. It's very hard to avoid corn in your diet but I have to. I have to eat real home cooking instead.
 
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I only buy watermelon from farmers markets or produce stands. Only place to get them remotely decent.
 

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I'm bored.
So bear with me.
I've been discussing this topic with a few people that every year, the watermelon is less red. Less sweet. No seeds. Heavier and tastes less like it should.
Where is the bright red, candy sweet watermelon of our childhood?
Have they all been hybridized away?
I haven't eaten a really good one on a very long time.
and remember how it felt if you got part of the 'heart' sweet as sugar ...candy...
 

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Imagine what you would taste like stuufed into a truck and driven thousands of miles to be eaten! Yuck. Sadly the GMO is the standard for seed to harvest time now!
 

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I don’t know what they tasted like in the 70s but I don’t have a problem finding good watermelon. I guess living in the southeast helps.

Most of the ones in grocery stores are bad either because they were picked too early, stored too long, or both. Usually you can tell by looking so wondering if people buying bad ones just don’t know how to pick em.
 

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That’s not correct. Well that comparison, what type of music do you listen too?
80's WOOHOO- Hair Rock to sorta Techno! Warrant to Flock Of Seagulls. My favorite is Huey Lewis and the News! My wife went to Monsters Of Rock at the Akron Rubberbowl!! Most not all new music is trash or rehash, but a few a genuine genius!
 
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