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Watermelons are a squash, related to squashes, cucumbers and pumpkins. That technically makes them a vegetable, though we of course treat them as fruit.

They grow on the ground on a vine between 10 and 15 feet (3 to 4.5 metres) long along the ground. Though we mostly think of watermelons as red inside, some are yellow. Seeds can be white, brown, black, red, green or speckled.

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Hong Li Pears
Hong Li is an Asian pear.

It has green skin, and a standard pear shape. Inside, the flesh is white, with a bit of a gritty texture to it, and few seeds. The pears weigh about 5 to 9 oz (150 to 200g.)

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"It is disgusting to notice the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects, and the amount of money that goes out of the country as a consequence. Everybody is using coffee; this must be prevented. His Majesty was brought up on beer, and so were both his ancestors and officers. Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer, and the King does not believe that coffee-drinking soldiers can be relied upon to endure hardships in case of another war."

-- Frederick the Great of Prussia (24 January 1712 – 17 August 1786)