“In the season of sunshine, nothing hydrates and pleases the palate like a perfectly ripe watermelon. But how do you pick the best one?”
Selecting Your Ideal Watermelon
When it comes to watermelons, the details matter. Always opt for a watermelon that feels heavier than it appears. A good indicator of a ripe fruit is its uniform shape, be it round or oval. Avoid choosing asymmetrical melons as they may be underripe.
“A ripe watermelon is not just a treat, it’s an experience. Weight, shape, and a quick tap can guide you to perfection.”
Don’t forget to examine the melon spot—this is the area where the fruit rested on the ground. A ripe watermelon will have a yellowish spot. If it’s green or white, the fruit likely isn’t ripe enough. Lastly, the skin should have a shiny appearance. A quick tap can also be revealing; if the sound is hollow, you’re good to go!
Beware of Chemically Enhanced Melons
With the increasing demand for this hydrating fruit, some farmers resort to chemical fertilizers and growth accelerators. A crack at the core of the watermelon is a sign that the fruit might be artificially boosted. Choose naturally grown melons for the best health benefits.
The Nutritional Powerhouse Inside the Watermelon
You might be surprised to learn that watermelon seeds are almost as nutritious as the fruit itself. Just 150 grams of dried seeds pack in 30.6 grams of protein—making up 61% of your daily recommended intake. The seeds are rich in essential amino acids such as tryptophan, glutamic acid, and lysine. They also contain arginine, beneficial for regulating blood pressure.
“Don’t toss those seeds! They’re a hidden treasure of essential amino acids and minerals.”
Besides protein, watermelon seeds are full of essential vitamins like niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid, vital for your nervous and digestive system.
More Than Just a Sweet Treat
The flesh of the watermelon is low in fat and cholesterol but packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, D, E, and various B-vitamins. Minerals include calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which aid muscle and joint health. The flesh also contains citrulline, beneficial for liver health and energy production.
Watermelons are also a rich source of lycopene, an antioxidant even more prevalent in watermelons than in tomatoes. Lycopene can help in reducing bad cholesterol and is associated with a lower risk of certain diseases including cardiovascular ailments and specific types of cancer.
“A slice of watermelon is more than hydration; it’s a cocktail of nutrients with manifold health benefits.”
From selecting the perfect piece to understanding its nutritional value, enjoying a watermelon is a wholesome experience that offers more than just summer refreshment.