It's watermelon season. In India, we would stop by a roadside vendor and mom would pick up a big round watermelon. We would cut them into pieces, sprinkle sugar and refrigerate it. We would eat them in the evenings, sitting in cane chairs in freshly watered lawns.
I still enjoy cool watermelons on a warm evening from time to time. This time I decided to go beyond just taste and find out more about the fruit.
Here is what I found out about watermelons:
Watermelons originated in Africa. They were brought to China around 10th century and then was shortly introduced to the rest of the New World through trade.
Along with the thirst-quenching properties, watermelons are also excellent sources of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. They are also a good source of lycopene (also found in carrots).
Watermelon seeds are also edible. We would sun-dry them as kids. It can also be toasted lightly and eaten as a snack.
They are also packed with essential oils and are also used for beauty treatments.