Interesting Facts about Watermelon

Health

1. Not only does it quench your thirst, it can also quench inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.

2. Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide.

3. Watermelon is an ideal health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or

cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of

potassium.

4. Pink watermelon is also a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant,

lycopene. These powerful antioxidants travel through the body neutralizing

free radicals.

5. Watermelon is a vegetable! This cousin to cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash

is thought to have originated in Egypt close to 5,000 years ago, where it is

depicted in hieroglyphics.

6. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens

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7. Watermelon is grown in over 96 countries worldwide.

8. In China and Japan watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host.

9. In Israel and Egypt, the sweet taste of watermelon is often paired with the

salty taste of feta cheese.

10. Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds. While many

people prefer seedless watermelon varieties, black watermelon seeds are

edible and actually quite healthy. They contain iron, zinc, protein, and fiber.

11. Most people throw away the watermelon rind, but try putting it in a blender

with some lime for a healthy, refreshing treat. Not only does the rind contain plenty of health-promoting and blood-building chlorophyll, but the rind actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh.

12. Watermelon is now the most-consumed melon in the US (followed by cantaloupe and honeydew).

13. Watermelon is more than 91 percent water. This means that eating watermelon with you on a hot summer day is a tasty way to help you stay hydrated and avoid dehydration (it's not a substitute for drinking plenty of fresh water, however).