The Wonders of Watermelon
Watermelon is probably best known as a refreshing summertime snack. But, watermelon can be a nutritious “any time” treat. Although 90 percent water, watermelon actually has lots of nutritional value. It’s an excellent source of vitamins A, B-6, and C — as well as iron, potassium, magnesium, thiamin, lycopene, and fiber. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant. Studies show that people who eat foods rich in antioxidants like lycopene often have a lower risk of heart disease and some cancers.
Here are some fun facts about watermelon:
Watermelon Fun Facts
- Watermelon is a vegetable. It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
- Watermelon is the most consumed melon in the United States, followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
- Every part of a watermelon is edible, including the seeds and rind.
- The best way to choose a fresh, sweet watermelon is by tapping it gently with your hand. You should hear a high pitched sound and feel the vibrations traveling through the melon.
- Like pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds can be roasted and eaten.
- Watermelon flesh is usually red, but some watermelons have white, yellow, orange or even green flesh.
- Mark Twain called watermelon “the food of angels.”