If you are looking for a fruit that is nutritious, naturally sweet and also sure to quench your thirst, try watermelon. Not only does watermelon contain 92% water, it’s amazingly loaded with many other nutrients, making it an ideal fruit for you to eat. Watermelon is a sweet fruit from the curcurbitacaefamily of plants, which is the same family as cucumbers and squash. It grows on a vine and comes in a variety.
According to Watermelon Point, watermelons probably originally came from Africa and were introduced in the United States around the 1500’s. There are many different varieties of watermelon due to cross-breeding. Using seedless watermelon for cooking saves time from having to remove the seeds.
Watermelon has many health benefits. It contains vitamin B6 which is needed for energy production. It’s also a strong source of vitamin C, magnesium and potassium and thiamine. It’s also a great source of antioxidants which can help your body fight against diseases, including cancer. Another advantage of watermelon is that it contains no fat.
Watermelons are available year round but Mid-June to August seems to be the best time for finding sweet watermelon. The inner rind of the watermelon as well as the seeds is also edible. Here’s a quick and easy way to make some watermelon juice in your blender that I’m sure you and your family will enjoy.
4 to 5 cups of seedless watermelon chunks
1TBSP lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
I cup water
1 cup ice cubes
1) Place the watermelon chunks in the blender. Puree on low for about a minute.
2) Strain the juice through a sieve to remove the pulp. This step isn’t necessary if you prefer to have the pulp in your juice.
3) Pour the juice back into the blender and add the remaining ingredients. Blend for 30 seconds.
4) Serve over ice. Serves 4.
– Use fresh squeezed lemon juice if possible instead of the bottled lemon juice.
– You may prefer to strain the juice before adding the other ingredients
– Agave nectar or honey are natural sweeteners that can be substituted for sugar
Watermelon Point: “Origin and history of watermelon”