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Watermelon  

Watermelons are almost entirely water, which makes them a refreshing treat on a hot day. They’re loaded with nutrition too. Watermelons are a good sources of vitamin A and C. They are rich in lycopene, a phytonutrient that is believed to keep the heart healthy. And the redder the watermelon, the more lycopene.

Fun Facts

  • Did you ever hear the old folk tale about a watermelon growing in your belly if you eat watermelon seeds? No need to worry if you follow a few seeds. Researchers have discovered that watermelon seeds are not only edible, but very nutritious, especially when they’re sprouted.
  • Watermelon came from the Kalahari Desert in Africa. Traders later took it to China, the Mediterranean, and Europe. Slaves probably brought it to the Americas.
  • Ancient Egyptians placed watermelon in tombs to nourish the dead on their way to the afterlife.
  • In Japan, farmers grow square watermelons by keeping the young fruit in plastic boxes. The square fruit are popular, even though they’re very expensive ($200). They take up less room in a refrigerator than a round watermelon.
  • Watermelon is related to cucumbers, cantaloupes, pumpkins, and squash.
  • More people eat watermelon in the U.S. than any other kind of melon.
  • The largest watermelon, grown by Chris Kent in 2013, weighed 350.5 pounds.
  • Watermelons today come in many varieties, including small watermelons and seedless watermelon.
  • Seedless watermelons aren’t completely seedless. They have thin, tiny, edible seed coats that never developed into seeds.
  • Seedless watermelons were invented about 50 years ago. They’re created by breeding two types of watermelon together to create a hybrid.

 

Vocabulary

  1. Lycopene: a phytonutrient found in red fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes and watermelon. It is believed that lycopene can improve health and reduce the risk of certain diseases and cancers.
  2. Nourish: feed
  3. Hybrid: a cross between two plants or animals

Questions and Answers

Question: How can I pick a good watermelon?

Answer: Look for a watermelon that feels heavy for its weight and has a yellow spot on one side. This is the spot where the watermelon rested in the field.

Learn More

Visit Martha Stewart to learn how to make a special watermelon treat.

 

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