Icebox Watermelon Variety Trial
The first icebox watermelon variety was introduced in the U.S. almost 50 years ago (Maynard, 2004), but it was only in 2005 that icebox watermelons became commonly available in grocery stores throughout the U.S. Icebox watermelon weigh between 6 and 12 pounds, they come in a variety of shapes and colors, and there are more than 100 varieties to choose from. Icebox watermelons are rapidly increasing in popularity due to their small size, which is ideal for small families and for storage in home refrigerators. With a rising interest in local food, direct marketing and organic production, farmers in Washington are looking to diversify crop types to meet these demands. Icebox watermelons offer farmers throughout Washington a means of producing high quality watermelons locally. The purpose of this study was to determine which varieties of icebox watermelon are most suitable for organic production in our region.