June 18, 2006


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.

Bon appetit!


  1. OMG!!!! I miss watermelons. Great on sunny days.

  2. I agree. Watermelons taste wonderful. :)

  3. Anonymous5:12 PM

    I love watermelons. When I travelled to NewYork in 1996, in manhattan near our hotel there were many shops owned by Chinese people and they used to sell in a transperent plastic containers with a plastic fork, diced watermelons. It was so good and handy to have them in this way that I still wish to have in that way in shops here in England! There it was dam cheap $1.00 per container. Anyway here is a recipe which I have taught here to my adult students in Indian cookery lessons and appreciated by them. it was a part of a course called 'Summer entertaining in Indian style: Watermelon Sherbet'. Just dice watermelon and take out its seeds. Then put them in a liquisider and liquiside. Put them in glasses with crushed ice(if you want to serve instantly)or leave in a fridge for an hour or two. Before you serve, sprinkle ground roasted cumin seeds, ground black pepper and salt. It is delicious!

  4. poppy dey5:21 PM

    Above one is not anonymous as it is sent by me and it is my recipe.

  5. Thanks Poppy for sharing your recipe.


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