Watermelon is the fruit of the herbaceous annual of the Pumpkin family. Pumpkin is a berry, the largest known, can have a different shape – a regular ball, oval, cylinder and even a cube. According to the culinary classification, watermelon refers to fruits. Hard peeling is found in various varieties, from light to dark green with almost black stripes, spots or mesh.
Between the crust and bright red juicy pulp there is a white layer of different thicknesses, from a few millimeters to 4-5 cm (jam is made from such crusts and candied fruit is prepared). The pulp is traditionally red, but breeders can boast yellow or orange watermelons inside. Watermelon seeds range from small (0.5 cm) to medium (1-1.5 cm), and also vary in color – white, dark brown or combined.
In-depth Composition of Watermelon
The origin of watermelons
The history of watermelons dates back to the 20th century BC, the first mention of round green berries is found in documents telling about the life of the tribes of South Africa (calorizator). In ancient Egypt, the perfectly preserved bones found in the tomb of Tutankhamun serve as evidence of the use of watermelons (there was a belief that watermelons should be sent with a dead person to serve as food in the afterlife).
Calories in Watermelon
The calorie content of watermelon is 25 kcal per 100 grams of product.
Composition and useful properties of watermelon
Watermelon has a rather impressive chemical composition in terms of vitamins and minerals, in which there are:
vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B9, C, E, H and PP and potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and sodium.
Dietary fiber contained in watermelon helps to normalize metabolism, fructose makes the fetus an excellent option for nutrition of people with diabetes. A well-known property of watermelon is the cleansing of the kidneys and liver due to its strong diuretic and choleretic properties.
In the watermelon season, if you set a goal to improve your health, you can, without straining yourself, even get rid of sand and small kidney stones. Drinking watermelon lowers blood cholesterol, strengthens the body.
So, looking into this information what do you think? Is watermelon keto or not? Can we take watermelon in low-carb diets? Yes of course.
It should be remembered that watermelon perfectly absorbs nitrates, therefore, it can cause not only allergic reactions, but also cause significant harm to health. You should not use uncontrolled watermelon for diabetics and people suffering from kidney failure. Watermelon contains a lot of sugar.
Varieties of watermelons
Watermelons grown in Russia are divided into several varieties, among which the most famous are Astrakhan, Spark, Gift of the Sun, Skorik, Kherson, and Sugar Baby. Watermelons grown in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan are highly valued; such fruits can be stored for a long time without losing their taste.
To fully ripen the watermelon, you need a lot of sun, heat and moisture, so the most suitable climate is tropical. But in the middle zone of Russia it is quite possible to grow a sweet and juicy watermelon – however, the size of such a berry will differ significantly from its Astrakhan counterparts.
Watermelon choice – girl or boy?
There is no clear evidence that feminine watermelons – “girls” – are sweeter and juicier than “boys”, but for many this matters, therefore, we recall once again that the difference in “sex” is a different type of watermelon butt (the place opposite the tail) ) For “girls” the ass is lighter, larger in size and has fuzzy borders, for “boys” it is neat, drawn in and dark in color.
Often, a careful look at the tail helps to choose a tasty watermelon – the drier it is, the ripe the watermelon. Many knock on the watermelon and listen – a loud sound speaks of juiciness and ripeness, a dull one – that the watermelon has been waiting a long time and has the consistency of a sponge for washing dishes.
Watermelon and slimming
Watermelon perfectly quenches thirst, so it is great for fasting days and even for a mono-diet. But it should be remembered that a large amount of watermelon only dulls the feeling of hunger for a while, so you should wisely approach the decision to lose weight due to watermelons and just enjoy the magical taste of a juicy berry.
The most correct thing is to slightly hit the watermelon on the edge of the table so that it crackes and splits into halves, take spoons and dig up the juicy pulp, dousing with sweet juice. Such happiness rarely occurs, so there are several ways to accurately cut and serve a watermelon (calorizer).
For an elegant dessert, you need to peel the watermelon from the crusts and cut into small pieces “for one bite”, prepare small forks so that guests do not get dirty. At home, everyone chooses the method that is convenient and depends on the sharpness of the knife.
You can cut two tops, it is convenient to set the watermelon on the flat side on a dish or flat plate and cut from top to bottom into slices of a convenient width. You can immediately divide the watermelon in half along and cut further across arbitrary slices.
Special knives for cutting watermelons resembling apple ones appeared on sale.
So these are the things we wanted to tell you about watermelon. We hope you liked it and will use it on your regular life.