The Wonderful Watermelon

Watermelon is one of the most popular fruits in the world. No wonder considering all there is that’s wonderful about them.

Watermelon is the fruit of Citrullus lanatus, a flowering trailing vine-like plant. With more than 1000 varieties, it’s grown everywhere from tropical to temperate parts of the world.

Funnily enough, technically the watermelon fruit is a berry. And that thick rind is actually edible after cooking. The lovely pink flesh is fabulous raw with so many uses from eating straight away to turning to juice or using in cocktails. You can even pickle watermelon.

There are so many ways you can enjoy it. This Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Salad is so simple. (And you can get all the ingredients at Yuens!)

Watermelons were domesticated in Egypt four thousand years ago, though they weren’t the sweet eating type. Those became popular around the Mediterranean during Roman times. What drove their popularity at first was their water content. They were stored to get people through dry periods in arid regions.

In modern times, watermelon seeds gave some people the pip so Japanese scientists developed seedless varieties. However, it wasn’t until the last 20 years that they became popular

Watermelons have good health benefits beyond keeping you hydrated – they’re full of nutrients. Interestingly, the combination of antioxidants, vitamin C and lycopene in the fruit has been associated with lower inflammation markers and oxidative damage. This has implications in managing a wide variety of health conditions. You can read about these here.

Grab some tasty, healthy watermelons in store now.