Watermelon Yum!!!

30 09 2009


Watermelon is vine like plant. Originally grown wild in Southern Africa; this flowering plant produces a special type of fruit known by botanists as a Pepo, a berry, which has a thick rind and fleshy centre. Watermelon is a fruit and is also considered a type of melon is has a smooth exterior rind (green, yellow, and sometimes white) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh (usually red, but sometimes orange, yellow, or pink).

There are also some smaller varieties both red- and yellow-fleshed, sometimes called “icebox melons.”  In Japan farmers have found a way to grow cubic watermelons, by growing the fruits in glass boxes and letting them naturally grow into the shape of the receptacle. They may look funny and interesting and make you want to try them but they are normally double in price.  Pyramid shaped watermelons have also been developed.

Fresh watermelon can be eaten in a variety of ways. They are often used to flavour summer drinks and smoothes. They contain about 6% sugar and 92% water by weight. Watermelons contain citrulline. Citrulline is an amino-acid; it has been found to relax blood vessels in your body.

Watermelon rinds are also edible, and sometimes used as a vegetable. In China, they are stir-fried, stewed, or more often pickled. When stir-fried, the de-skinned and de-fruited rind is cooked with olive oil, garlic, chilli peppers, scallions, sugar and rum. This is popular in China.

China is the world’s largest watermelon producer. It is also traditional in Africa. This fruit has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable land care. There are more than twelve hundred varieties of watermelon ranging in size, with flesh that is red, orange, yellow, or white. Watermelon is a great and healthy snack for everyone.

 By Vivian







2 responses

1 10 2009

I don’t know If I said it already but …I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog. Thanks, 🙂

A definite great read..Jim Bean

26 10 2009

thank you so much for your feedback

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