In this article, we will discuss the important facts about watermelon exports, storage and transportation conditions, the largest producers, and the exporters and importers of this popular fruit in the world.
It’s good to know that, China is the World’s leading Watermelon producer with 79,244,271 tons of annual production. The following large producers are Iran and Turkey. Iran is one of the largest producers of watermelons in the worldwide. As you may know, this fruit is in the category of tropical or subtropical plants and need temperature higher than about 25 °C (77 °F) to thrive. Therefore watermelon needs to grow in warm places. Thus, Iran’s climate is suitable for harvesting tropical fruits.
Germany is by far the largest net importer (€187 million), ahead of France and the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has the highest net imports of melon varieties (€144 million), followed by Germany and France. Most watermelons imported to the United States come from Mexico, followed by Guatemala and Honduras. The Netherlands and the United Kingdom provide most of their imports from Brazil. Spain and France are more focused on this fruit from Morocco and other North-West African suppliers (Senegal, Tunisia). In Senegal, Spanish companies have invested in melon production and import early in the season. Watermelon exports to many European countries are increasing. According to this fact, Infinity Nuts has exported many of its food products to some countries in Europe and the Middle East.
Watermelons may be loaded directly from the field into a truck or trailer and transported to market. This is essentially a form of field packing. The proper temperature for storage and transport is l0o C (50′ F). These fruits typically ship from Mexico and Central America to other countries. But as we mentioned before, other countries such as Iran, Turkey, and China have tons of annual watermelon exports to the world. Transportations are usually shipped to the destination country by refrigerated trucks taking on average 3 – 4 days to reach the warehouse.
Harvest season runs throughout the summer that is from May to September. But the exact range depends on the location. But the best time to buy is between May and September.
Uncut Watermelon Conditions
It’s important to know that how we can keep or store uncut watermelon before freezing.
Room temperature: Room temperature should be cool and average so it can be preserved for 7 to 10 days.
Warm temperature: We can keep it up to a week in hot weather.
Cold temperature: If the place temperature is 55 degrees or above, it can last for two weeks.