On a hot summer day, who wouldn’t want to eat a juicy, refreshing fruit? In Hungary, throughout the long cold winter, people desire for summer to return so they can do two of their favorite things: swim in Lake Balaton and eat delicious watermelon. The good news is that the summer weather is here and watermelon harvest has started all over the country.
Hungary is the fifth largest melon producer in the European Union (EU) – after Spain, Greece, Italy, and Romania. One third of domestically grown watermelons are exported to the Czech, Polish, and Slovak markets, among others.
This year, producers can harvest an average amount of roughly 160,000 tons.
Melon industry expert László Sándor said that there is now a demand market for Hungarian watermelon and honeydew melon- the domestic market prefers the fresher and juicier melon in Hungary. In the Hungarian market, melons weighing 4-8 kilograms are the top picks, the trends are towards seedless and “refrigerator melons,” but customers also look for sliced melons.
Róbert Pap tossed the cube-shaped melon in Hódmezővásárhely. (Photo: Tibor Roska/MTI.)
In addition to sliced melon, in Hódmezővásárhely, Róbert Pap has experimentally grown dice-shaped melon.
Keep your eyes open this summer if you want to enjoy the taste of a delicious, original Hungarian watermelon and if you are very lucky you might even find a dice-shaped watermelon!
Featured photo illustration by János Vajda/MTI.