Water melon is an – all – seasons’ fruit that is enriched with water, protein, fiber, vitamins A, B and C. It is also full of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, fats and carbohydrate.
WATERMELON is the fruit and plant of a vine-like herb that reportedly originated from Southern Africa.
It is a popular source of water in the diet of indigenous people, as well as a food for livestock.
Its flesh is known as citron melon (distinct from the actual citron, of the citrus family).
It is used for making pickles, and because of its high content of pectin, it is popular as a constituent of jams, jellies, and other jellied preserves.
Fresh watermelon can be eaten in various ways and is also often used to flavour summer drinks and smoothies.
The simplest way to cut a watermelon is to slice it crossways and then slice the resulting round slabs into halves or quarters.
This method is generally used in a casual setting where people do not mind the juices flowing everywhere. Since the rind provides a handle, no utensils are needed.
Watermelon seeds are rich in fat and protein, and are widely eaten as snack, added to other dishes, or used as an oil seed.
Specialised varieties are also grown although these are known to have little watery flesh.
In China, watermelon seeds are one of the most common snack foods, popular especially with women, competing with sunflower seeds. It is even sold, roasted and seasoned.
In some part of West Africa, they are pressed for oil, and are popular in the use of egusi soup and other dishes.
Watermelon is 92 percent water by weight. This is in comparison to the highest percentage of any fruit.
In the United States and South Africa, one may also find an alcoholic novelty known as a hard watermelon, or a watermelon that has been enhanced with an alcoholic beverage.
This process involves boring a hole into the watermelon, then pouring the liquor inside and allowing it to mix with the flesh of the fruit. The watermelon is then cut and served as normal.
It is pertinent to note that Vitamins A and C components in the fruit help in resisting and fighting against infections.
For diabetic patients, watermelon is a good supplementary diet, since it is low in sugar content.
It is also good for weight control and the treatment of constipation. Because of its laxative nature, eating watermelon helps in cleansing the intestines.
The fruit is equally regarded as nature’s gift to the kidney. Taking much of it takes care of early stages of kidney failure and corrects kidney disorder.
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