Melon and watermelon are the best option if you want to refresh yourself during the hot summer days. Besides being refreshing, they are low in calories, which makes them suitable for consumption in unlimited quantities. They originate from Africa and belong to the family of cucurbitaceae. They are actually vegetables, although they are considered as fruits. The largest producer of this delicious sweet fruits is China and they are grown worldwide in the warmer areas.
Thanks to its wonderful taste and aroma, watermelon pulp is often used for making juices and syrups and the rind for making sweet pickle. The seeds are just as good and healthy as the pulp, therefore the extract oil obtained from the seeds is very rich in vitamin D and has a great effect on our health. Watermelon improves blood pH and removes fatty deposits from blood vessels.
Thanks to the high percentage of water – even 92 percent – watermelon is an ideal ally for maintaining a slim figure and it is an excellent food for those on a diet. Watermelon also contains magnesium and potassium, which is one of the most important ingredients of fruits and vegetables that are consumed over the year.
Watermelon contains lycopene and some studies have confirmed that it is an excellent antioxidant. Thanks to this component watermelon is great in the prevention of certain diseases such as asthma, diabetes, arteriosclerosis and relieves inflammatory conditions. To maintain freshness, opened watermelon should be kept wrapped in a foil, and it should not stay in the refrigerator longer than two or three days.
Just as same as watermelon, melon has a low calorific value (only thirty calories per 100g). It’s suitable for diet, because it provides the feeling of satiety. Melon is an annual herbaceous plant, originating from Asia and Africa. The ancient Egyptians and later Greeks and Romans considered it to be exceptional. Yellow, fleshy, juicy and sweet melon fruits contain beta-carotene, folic acid and vitamin C, as well as small doses of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, and vitamin E.
In folk medicine, it’s used for the body refreshment and calming nerves, it helps with bilious and urinary tract inflammation and also bites and burns. Water and potassium found in the fruit stimulate kidney function and help remove harmful substances from the body. Melon is especially recommended for people dealing with high blood pressure. Vegetable fibers in melons facilitate digestion, reduce body weight and prevent abdominal bloating. Melons should be refrigerated in a sealed container.
You can cut ripe, juicy melon into cubes and add it to all kinds of fruit salads. It will also be great if you include it in the ice cream or in a refreshing summer cocktail. It’s often used as a side dish in meaty meals. Many people love to mix melon with chicken, seafood or ham salads. Watermelon gives you all sorts of sweet combinations and all the freedom while preparing delicacies such as ice cream, fruit salads or pickles.
Facts you don’t know about melon and watermelon
- In China and Japan it’s customary to bring a watermelon as a gift to the host.
- The sweet taste of watermelon is often combined with salty feta cheese in Israel and Egypt.
- Botanical name of watermelon is “Citrullus lanatus” and it belongs to the family of cucumbers and zucchini. Watermelon is still a vegetable.
- Explorers used watermelon as a food container in the past.
- It is believed that ancient Greeks wrote the first cookbook containing a recipe of pickled watermelon rind, which was published in the United States in 1796.
- Some cultures roast watermelon seeds and use them as a tasty snack.
- Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the bark.
- The Japanese have produced hybrid cube-shaped watermelons, primarily to save space during transport.
- Melon stimulates digestion and regulates blood pressure
Melon stimulates digestion and regulates blood pressure
Melon water stimulates kidney functions and regulates blood pressure, while high level of fibers helps digestion. Beta carotene helps body fight against cancer and the latest research have shown that melon can be used in the fight against several types of cancer. Water and potassium from this fruit promote normal and healthy kidney function and help in removing harmful substances from the body which is particularly recommended for people with high blood pressure. Melon fibers facilitate digestion and help reduce body weight and abdominal bloating.
Melon is ideal for body detoxification and helps to fight bloating. This fruit contains three hundred milligrams of potassium per hundred grams and helps the body to get rid of excess sodium and thus lowers high blood pressure. Melon juice was previously used to relieve pain. If you want to get rid of the pain, just lubricate the sore spot with melon juice or finely chopped melon. It is also used against kidney stones, to relieve insect stings, burns, and for stomach and intestine diseases. It is ideal if you want to lose weight, because melon facilitates indigestion.