Watermelon! Now doesn’t this one fruit bring water to your mouth? We can hear you saying, “Yeah, it does”. One of the most special attribute of watermelon is its thirst quenching feature and that too with a relishing drive. We have gone through an elaborate, well-thought out research over google to bring you a compilation of wonder facts about this fruit that includes healthy facts, fun facts, and strange facts. For all of you out there who are health conscious, here are some interesting facts about watermelon.
Yes, you got it right! Watermelon is a mind booster because of its richness in Vitamin B6 which has got high influence for proper functioning of brain. Moreover, consistency of water content in watermelon makes it a best food for brain that itself consists of 85% water.
2. Lycopene Rich
Now, what is Lycopene? You must be wondering! Lycopene is an antioxidant that helps keep various diseases at bay for example, heart disease, atherosclerosis, cancer, cataract, and asthma. Now, you got more interested in reading the article because your favorite fruit is not only taking care of your tongue but your whole body. You would feel awe after knowing that watermelon contains more lycopene than even tomatoes.
3. Good for your Peepers
Vitamin A is the major requirement for the eyes to be healthy. And this darling fruit of ours provide you with Vitamin A in affluence. So, keep buying watermelon and boost your eye strength averting all eye ailments too.
4. Windfall for Gym Goers
Cheers Athletes! Because watermelon has the property to postpone your muscle soreness that is evident after any tough workout or strenuous play. Along with other great nutrients, watermelon is also a rich source of Citrulline that pushes blood flow by utilizing essential amino acids.
5. Name connotation
“Water” word in watermelon represents the plenty of water content in this fruit and “melon” word connotes sweet, pulpy flesh with multiple seeds. So the significance of name itself is accomplished by the fruit. Its scientific name ‘Citrullus Lanatus is also no less. ‘Citrullus’ is a greek word meaning citrus that is a predominant feature of the fruit. It contains about 13% of Vitamin C. The other word ‘Lanatus’ is a latin word meaning woolly that suggests the leaves and stems of the plant which has got small hairs on their surface.
6. Duo Character
It is one of the rare fruits that has characteristics both of fruit and a vegetable. It is called as fruit because it is grown from a seed and is sweet in taste. Its vegetable character is so because of its family roots that aligns with the cucumber, pumpkin, and squash vegetables. Hence, it is also called as vegetable.
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7. Slice of Water
Believe us! It is nothing but sweetened water in a pulpy form. It contains about 92% water and 6% sugar. Along with the properties of water, it also contains other nutrients and vitamins making it a complete healthy snack. So, keep relishing on this slice of health and remain hydrated.
8. Stone Remover
Yes! Hats off to the spirit of this fruit. It helps in flushing out kidney stones and prevent stone formation as well. Its richness in water, Potassium, Lycopene, and Nitric Oxide take care of your kidneys. Because of its diuretic nature, urine frequency is increased and aids in throwing out stone that are churned and dissolved by the Potassium of the fruit. So, if your kidneys are fighting with stones, then don’t be a faint heart and opt watermelon to kick your stones out.
9. Titanic of Watermelon
Ha ha ha….. No, please don’t get confused that watermelon are shipped from here to there in a Titanic kind of ship. But, here we want to make you aware about the largest producer of watermelon in the world. That is our very own largest population holder, China. United States holds 5th rank in watermelon production.
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10. Plentiful and Wholesome
You must be eating only the fleshy part of this fruit. But, ask your elders. Did they also do the same in their young years. No, because of everything so fresh and chemical free, people used to make dry vegetable of watermelon’s rind. Moreover, its seeds also were used as ingredient in various home remedies. Now also if you get organic watermelon somewhere, try its rind as well as seeds because they are as good and healthy as its flesh.
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11. Watermelon Month
Till date you came across words like Valentine Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s day etc but have you ever come across a month bestowed with a fruit. Yes, this is the very fruit that got so much popularity in US that one entire month is allocated to this fruit. The month is July called as Watermelon Month. It is because watermelon production in this month is at its peak and welcomes summer with its open arm.
12. Cheer up Man! It makes you better in bed
Watermelon is also called as natural Viagra because it has the same properties of enhancing sexual performance as the medicine has. Citrulline content in watermelon is converted into Arginine which helps in producing nitric oxide that again aids in free blood flow, keeping blood vessels dilated and thus prevents erectile dysfunction.
13. Heaviest Melon
Name of Chris Kent of Sevierville is recorded in Guinness World Records for growing world’s heaviest watermelon in 2013. It weighed around 350.5lbs. Chris Kent tell himself to be fond of watermelons and was awarded the prize at Operation Pumpkin Festival organised in Hamilton.
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14. Shades of Watermelon
The fruit comes in diversified collection. More than 1200 varieties of watermelon are produced all over the world. They vary extensively in taste, weight, and color. Out of 1200, more than 300 varieties of watermelon are produced alone by US. Different growing seasons and adaptability of particular variety of watermelon to respective season supplies fruit round the year to the US people that is not generally possible in other countries.
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15. Japanese Innovation
Polite and hardworking Japanese have come up with an addition farming technology for this fruit so that it can be stored and stacked conveniently. They have devised a mechanism through which melons are grown in glass boxes so that they take the form of glass and stacked as cube boxes. But all of you who are thinking wow about this, just get ready to pay twice of the normal watermelon.
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16. Trivial Fact
One thing about watermelon would not stop you from laughing is that once in Egypt, it was a custom to keep watermelons in the burial tombs of kings so that they keep nourishing their soul after their life. Isn’t it weird?
17. Desert Fruit
Isn’t it amazing that this water-rich fruit grows in water-scarce land i.e desert. It is grown on a plant that is spread on land and you can find various watermelons lying down on land. It is a desert fruit also refers that during cold or winter season, its production is reduced.
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