Watermelon, which is also known as Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) in the Cucurbitaceae family, is a unique fruit as well as a plant that comes from the southern part of Africa.
The watermelon plant is especially known since creates a fruit known by botanists as a pepo. This is a unique berry that features a thick rind and a strong center. This type of berry is created through an inferior ovary.
An interesting thing about a watermelon is that it can be a male or female watermelon. A female watermelon is larger and sweeter while having fewer seeds. A male watermelon is smaller.
The gender of the fruit can be found by taking a look at the bottom side of the watermelon and looking at the ring that is in the opposite direction of the other circles. A male watermelon will have a small penny-sized ring while a female watermelon will have a larger quarter-sized ring. This is important since females are sweeter and with less seeds.
Watermelons can grow to a variety of sizes. The 1998 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records says that the largest grown weighed 262 pounds (119 kilograms).
There are many health benefits of watermelon. Watermelon has no cholesterol or fat inside of it. It also contains Vitamins A, B6 and C. Fiber and potassium are also featured in a watermelon. The potassium and Vitamin C alongside lycopene and iron in the watermelon can all work to fight off fatigue.
This fruit can work to handle various conditions created by a number of health ailments. These include such common ailments as asthma, arthritis, diabetes, colon cancer and atherosclerosis.
Electrolytes that are lost in physical activities can be replaced through a watermelon. It can also maintain proper water balances in the cells and improve the metabolism in the cells. Watermelon is also great for sunburns and some women use it by applying their red meat on the face. This replenishes and lightens face complexion.
The best thing about a watermelon is that all parts of the fruit can be eaten. This includes the rinds and seeds. Largest watermelon producer today is China. Chinese even fry the rind of the watermelon.