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Did You Know?
There exists a 'Yellow' variety of watermelon too! Yes, the one which not pink or red on the inside, and is as nutritional as the pink-red one.
Watermelons are one of the most popular fruits all over the world. There are many health benefits that can be derived from this fruit, and it is one of the most recommended fruits by nutritionists everywhere. It is fat-free, and hence, it is ideal for those on a diet and are trying to lose weight.

Watermelons are grown on fertilized sand, and they have to be grown a little above the ground. For this reason, slightly raised beds are made. They have to be grown in rows, and these rows have to be 10 feet apart. Small watermelons are implanted in these beds. Pollination is the key factor for watermelon plants. After implantation of these tiny melons, it will take about a month for the vine to grow and spread about eight feet. This crop needs to be harvested for the next five months. The new watermelons appear about three months after implantation.

While choosing a watermelon, make sure that it is symmetrical. Do not choose a watermelon which has cuts or bruises on it. A ripe watermelon will have a fairly shiny surface. If you want to confirm whether or not the watermelon is ripe, then all you have to do is thump it a little bit. If the sound is hollow and the melon has enough weight, then you may conclude that it is ripe.

Some Melony Facts!

  • Scientifically, watermelon can be called a fruit as well as vegetable.
  • Every part of a watermelon is edible. (including the seeds)
  • There are almost 12,000 varieties of watermelons all over the world.
  • Watermelon is native to the Kalahari desert in South Africa. (It is full of water, yet its home is a desert!)
  • Egyptians have been harvesting watermelons for almost 5,000 years now.
  • The word watermelon became a part of the English dictionary in 1615.

Nutritional Facts

  • Watermelons contain very few calories.
  • Watermelons do not have any cholesterol and the amount of fat is also very low.
  • They have an extremely high water content (about 92%).
  • They have very high lycopene content, which is a very well-known antioxidant and also responsible for their red color.
  • Some chemical constituents of watermelons help in fighting cancerous blood cells. Vitamins A and C are also present in substantial amounts.

Calories

  • One cup (150 grams) diced watermelon contains up to 48 calories .
  • A wedge of watermelon (280 gram) will provide 90 calories.
  • An average watermelon (about 5800 gram) will give about 920 calories.

We hope you must have got a fairly good idea about watermelon and the calories it contains. You'll always enjoy having watermelon. It is tasty and the calories contained are almost negligible. So, go ahead and gorge into that watermelon without worrying about the calories.