The must-have fruit of the summer months, watermelon has a special place in people’s hearts with its beautiful appearance, and delicious and refreshing taste. Besides its taste and appearance, it is also a healthy fruit. The fact that it helps with bowel problems and supports the immune system are just a few of its health benefits. So, let's have a look at all the information we have gathered about the miracle fruit, watermelon ...
What kind of a fruit is watermelon?
Watermelon is a kind of fruit that has a hard shell and plenty of seeds which grows from blossoming yellow flowers. Its leaves are wide, hard and variegated. Watermelon, a harmonious fruiting plant, grows predominantly in North Africa. In Turkey, the city renowned for its watermelons is Diyarbakir. Among the watermelon species that are grown in our country, the yenidünya watermelon is thin-crusted with a light color while the gülle watermelon is harvested in winter.
What are the nutritive values of watermelon?
A 100 g watermelon contains 30 calories, 7.5 g carbohydrate, 0.4 g fiber, 0.61 g protein, 0.15 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 569 IU Vitamin A , 8.1 mg vitamin C, 112 mg potassium, 7 mg calcium, 0.24 mg iron .
What are the benefits of eating watermelons?
Eating watermelons has lots of health benefits. Watermelon helps with weight loss, protects the heart and the veins with its lycopene content which also helps maintain bone health, regulates blood pressure, supplements vitamin deficiencies with its calcium and potassium content, its vitamin A content helps keep the skin moisturized, helps kidneys function more efficiently, helps with sleeping problems and muscle aches, and prevents fat accumulation with its citruline content.
What are the defining characteristics of watermelons?
Watermelon is one of the most popular summer fruits with its low calories and high water content. Watermelons that love hot soil are planted from seeds. As it grows quickly, it loves wetlands. It has small flowers on the soil surface. It is a powerful antioxidant and facilitates digestion. It is a common ingredient in detox diets.
How to choose the best watermelon
How to choose the best watermelon This is a pretty important question for lovers of watermelon. Let’s clarify how you know if you’re buying a good quality watermelon. Firstly, you should not go for watermelons with cracks and different distributions of color. Then you should check its weight as a heavy watermelon indicates high water content. You should also check the top and bottom parts of a watermelon, which consist of light and dark green stripes. The watermelon should not be purchased if the colors of these stripes change towards lighter colors on the top and bottom parts. Make sure that the color is evenly distributed. Avoid buying watermelons with zigzags. If the stalk has not been cut off, make sure that it has not turned yellow. Besides, the stalk should be curled. You can also test the quality of a watermelon by knocking on it. Hold the watermelon with one hand on the bottom and one hand on the top. And knock on it with your hand on the top. If you hear a deep, vibrating voice, the watermelon is juicy and sweet.
What are interesting facts to know about watermelons?
- The first wild watermelon was discovered in southern Africa.
- Some watermelon varieties can weigh up to 90 kg.
- There are more than 1200 different varieties of watermelons.
- The world's heaviest watermelon weighs159 kg, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
- Watermelons are grown in more than 90 countries.
- 92% of a watermelon is water and 6% is sugar.
- Turkey is the world's second biggest watermelon producer.
- The world's most produced fruit after tomatoes is watermelon.
- Putting watermelons in the graves of the kings to feed their souls was an ancient tradition in Egypt.
Is it possible to prepare food, desserts or drinks with watermelons?
You can prepare lots of fun stuff with watermelons. Some of these are watermelon pizza, watermelon soufflé, watermelon ice cream, watermelon cake, watermelon flavored ice tea, watermelon cheesecake, watermelon smoothie, watermelon cocktail with soda, and watermelon lemonade.
Do watermelons have any harmful effects?
Watermelons have no harmful effects. But as with every other fruit, you should consume them in moderation. Skin rashes may appear in children after excessive consumption while nausea, bloating and indigestion may occur after excessive consumption in all age groups. In addition, watermelon is a fruit which contains potassium. So, people with high potassium levels in their blood should pay attention not to overconsume watermelons in order to avoid muscle problems.
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