I had gotten half of a huge watermelon from my father in law and had cut it up in bite-size chunks. I prefer that over slices: it is less messy and much easier to grab a ready-to-eat bowl. I already knew that watermelon mainly consists of water, but I got curious about the other vitamins and nutrients it might possess.
The watermelon has been around for a long time. There has been evidence found that it was already grown in the Valley of the Nile as early as the second millennium BC, if not sooner. Large seeds of this species were reported in Twelfth dynasty sites and numerous watermelon seeds were recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamen.
The cultivation actually began in China around the 10th century AD and at present China is the largest watermelon producer in the world The watermelon was introduced in Europe by the Moors around the 13th century and records show that it found its way to America in the early 1600s.
Watermelon Citrullus lanatus
Watermelon is a Super food for your Heart, with one serving (one medium wedge or 1¾ cups) providing an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as a top source of lycopene for just 80 calories.
Lycopene is a colorful carotenoid that may reduce the risk of heart disease and a range of cancers, including prostate, ovarian, cervical, oral, pharyngeal, esophageal, stomach, colorectal, lung and pancreatic. Eating lycopene-rich tomatoes resulted in a 33% more protection against sunburn, according to a University of Manchester study.
Bonus: Studies show lycopene may also enhance male fertility, while another watermelon compound, the amino acid citrulline, found mostly in the rind, may function as a natural alternative to Viagra. ~Source: Dole Food Facts. The fruit is said to be mildly diuretic and full of anti-oxidants. It is also a good source of thiamin, potassium and magnesium. What was more of interest to me was that it seems watermelon might be very helpful in fighting inflammations due to asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer and arthritis.
Watermelon consists mainly of water and lend themselves very well for a refreshing drink or a smoothie on a hot day. Try chopping up a watermelon in to bite size chunk, refrigerate them and serve them as a cold treat.
Consider serving watermelon with a hot spicy dish; it offsets the burning sensation of the spices and cools the taste buds.
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