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A Vegetable…Really?

on August 27, 2014

watermelon

I learned something new today…which I try to do everyday, but I have decided to share at least one thing that I learn each day.

Today I learned that a watermelon is classified as a vegetable.  That is amazing to me, since watermelons are so sweet and often used as a dessert over the summer when we want something light, sweet and juicy.

Watermelon, the fruit ,that is really a Vegetable. Watermelon can be traced back to Africa and is part of the cucumber and squash family.  Today the world’s largest producer of watermelon is China. Georgia, Florida, TexasCalifornia, and Arizona are the US’s largest watermelon producers.

  1. Not only does it quench your thirst, it can also quench inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.
  2. Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide.
  3. Watermelon is an ideal health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium.
  4. Pink watermelon is also a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene. These powerful antioxidants travel through the body neutralizing free radicals.
  5. Watermelon is a vegetable! It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
  6. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
  7. Watermelon is grown in over 96 countries worldwide.
  8. In China and Japan watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host.
  9. In Israel and Egypt, the sweet taste of watermelon is often paired with the salty taste of feta cheese.
  10. Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds.

by on June 7, 2007 The Town Dish.com

Oh well…regardless…I plan on continuing to serve this ice cold treat at the end of my summer meal or as a satisfying treat on the beach.

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