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.”

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