Friday, July 17, 2009

10 Things you didn't know about WATERMELON

A staple at every picnic, here is some trivia about that all-American fruit:

Watermelon contains 6% sugar by weight and is a source of Vitamin C.

Today, China is the world's single largest watermelon producer.

There are over 1200 varieties of watermelon.

Watermelon rinds are edible and sometimes used as a vegetable by serving them stewed or pickled.

During the Vietnamese New Year's holiday, watermelon seeds are served as snacks.

In April 2007, Oklahoma state senate declared watermelon the official state vegetable (which sparked controversy that watermelon is truly a fruit.)

Watermelon contains large amounts of beta carotine.

Watermelon is 92% water by weight.

The citrulline which exists in watermelon (especially in the rind) is a known stimulator of nitric oxide, which is thought to relax and expand blood vessels, much like the drug Viagra.

Watermelon with red flesh is a significant source of lycopene.

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