Episode 18: Spittin’ Seeds with Jesse Wiggins, President of the Watermelon Promotion Board

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The Produce Moms Podcast Episode 18

Spittin’ Seeds with Jesse Wiggins, President of the Watermelon Promotion Board

“The Watermelon Board represents 1500 shippers and growers in the United States”

In this episode of The Produce Moms Podcast, Lori sits down to discuss one of America’s favorite fruits with Jesse Wiggins. Jesse is a fifth generation farmer and the President of the Watermelon Promotion Board. At 25 years of age, he is the youngest individual to ever hold this position and brings a fresh perspective to the market. Jesse and Lori discuss the importance of the Watermelon Promotion Board, and why it holds significance for growers, shippers, and also consumers.

“The biggest time for watermelons is in July. That’s when it’s the hottest, and it’s grown in every state.”

We now have access to watermelon 365 days a year! It is produce that can be grown in every state, and also imported, which gives the growing season its year-round boost. Jesse tackles the age-old question, “Is watermelon a fruit or a vegetable?” and gives some great facts about watermelon. Lori and Jesse share some delicious watermelon recipes, that you have probably never thought to try!

“Watermelons are 92% water. So, if you don’t like to drink water… cut up a watermelon, and you’re still getting a good source of hydration.”

The Watermelon Promotion Board’s website is full of great information, recipes and scientific facts that you’ll want to be sure to check out. You can find out more at watermelon.org.

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Introduction // Jesse Wiggins – 1:16
  • Why is This an Important Board? – 2:50
  • Jesse’s Watermelon Heritage and Rise to Presidency – 5:35
  • Watermelon 101 – 8:20
  • Watermelon Recipe Ideas – 12:40
  • Wrap-up – 19:45

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Episode 18: Spittin' Seeds

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About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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