Sunday, July 26, 2009

In Season: Hermiston Watermelons

The watermelon harvest in the famous Hermiston region of Oregon is going well and demand is solid, according to a report in the Northwest farm newspaper, Capital Press.

The crop is running about two weeks behind the ideal start of harvest, according to George Clough, research horticulturist at the Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center.

Hermiston is known for its super-sweet watermelons because of the northeast Oregon area's hot days and cool nights -- a contrast produces an enhanced sugar content. About 650 acres in the Hermiston area are growing melons.

Most Hermiston melons are sold in the Northwest region. Export is difficult for watermelons because the fruit is so perishable.

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