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Quench Your Thirst with Watermelon Wonders

June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month. I thought it would be fun to highlight Watermelons. Watermelons are not only a delicious summer treat but also a fascinating fruit with several surprising facts. So, let's dive into the juicy world of watermelons and quench our thirst for knowledge:

  1. Ancient Origins: Watermelons have a long and rich history. They are believed to have originated in the Kalahari Desert in Africa over 5,000 years ago. Ancient Egyptians even placed watermelons in the tombs of pharaohs as a source of nourishment in the afterlife.

  2. Fruit and Vegetable: Watermelons are often considered a fruit due to their sweet taste, but they are both a fruit and a vegetable. Botanically, they belong to the same family as cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash. Every part of the watermelon plant, including the seeds, rind, and flesh, is edible.

  3. High Water Content: As their name suggests, watermelons are incredibly hydrating. They consist of approximately 92% water, making them an excellent choice for staying refreshed and hydrated during hot summer days.

  4. Nutrient Powerhouse: Watermelons are not just water; they are also packed with essential nutrients. They are a great source of vitamins A and C, which are important for maintaining healthy skin, boosting the immune system, and promoting good eye health.

  5. Lycopene Rich: Watermelons owe their vibrant red color to an antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene is known for its potential health benefits, including reducing the risk of certain types of cancer and promoting heart health.

  6. Seed Varieties: While many watermelons today are seedless, watermelon seeds come in a variety of colors, including black, white, and even green. In some cultures, watermelon seeds are roasted and enjoyed as a snack.

  7. World Records: Watermelons hold some impressive world records. The heaviest watermelon on record weighed a staggering 350.5 pounds (159 kg)! Additionally, the largest watermelon fight took place in Spain in 2013, where thousands of participants engaged in a massive watermelon battle.

  8. Global Popularity: Watermelons are loved and enjoyed by people all over the world. They are used in drinks, salads, and desserts. Grilled watermelon can be used in a watermelon feta salad or even in sushi. Below it's used in a beverage with Kalasmansi.

Join me in a Rainbow challenge starting next week, June 8th, celebrating all fruit and vegetables. RSVP HERE

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