Watermelons are such a nice and refreshing fruit for a summer day; it is also a great fruit for both casual day snacks as well as night time deserts. The scrumptious melon has great nutritional values as well as great artistic potential. Like many other elements we know of, there is usually more than the superficial notions of this wonderful fruit. There is much more interesting facts and knowledge hiding within the large green melon.
1. Not only is this healthy snack great for outdoor activities, it is also the most commonly consumed melon in the United States.
3. Because of its high water content, a watermelon contains very low calories while also holding a relatively high nutritional value.
4. Watermelons contain Vitamin C & A which are anti-oxidants and beta carotenes. They promote your eyesight and help to prevent glaucoma.
5. They also contain lycopene which is a phytochemical that gives it its flesh the red color. This chemical helps to reduce the likelihood of prostate cancer and reduces general tumor growth.
6. They can also help to reduce your bad cholesterol (LDL, or Low Density Lipoprotein) levels; LDL is the stuff that collects in your arteries and veins and can create blockages.
7. If you are uninterested in these big words – that are annoying to remember – here are some numeric nutrition details of watermelons. For every 100g or watermelons, there are only 30 calories and 6g of sugar, with 89% of the calories consisting of carbs, 7% protein, and 4% fats. Each 100g of watermelon also gives you 11% of your daily consumption of Vitamin A, 13% Vitamin C, and 1% of both Calcium and Iron.
8. A ripe watermelon should also have a creamy yellow stop on the bottom of the melon. This distinct coloration is formed from the fat fruit sitting atop the soil while fully grown.
9. The green shell is often called the peel – like many other fruits – but it could also be called the rind, which means the same thing but sounds more unique.
10. The seedless watermelon was first popularized in 1948, about 64 years ago.
11. Funny thing actually because one of the factors in classifying a plant as a fruit involves mature seeds inside a fully grown fruit.
12. Seedless watermelons are made by crossing the genes of 2 different plants (one with 2 sets of chromosomes and another with 4 sets of chromosomes) and creating a plant with 3 sets of chromosomes.
13. The process does not actually involve genetic modification but rather mixes male pollen with female watermelon flowers to produce a sterile hybrid watermelon that is incapable of generating seeds.
14. The official and super scientific way of saying watermelon is Citrullus Lanatus of the family of Cururbitaceae.
15. Watermelons are the cousins of cucumbers, squash and pumpkins.
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