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This time I’ll share about watermelon. I believe we all know this fruit. If we heard watermelon in hot day, we can imagine how sweet the taste and cool through the esophagus especially if we see the red color of this fruit and seductive, making us feel the freshness of this fruit. Watermelon is a natural source of powerful antioxidants that are provided by nature. Watermelon is not only good to be consumed when you're thirsty, because the sweet taste and high water content, but also because the nutrients. Provide a watermelon as a menu in the summer or hot day is very good for us. The red watermelon contains antioxidant compounds that are much better than vitamin C and E called Lycopene. Lycopene is the red pigment in plants, a phytochemical compound which also found in tomatoes, watermelon and other red fruits. Lycopene is high in potassium which can help the healthy heart and normalize blood pressure.
Watermelon comes from the tropics and subtropics of Africa. But now we can find this fruit in every country. This plant grows wild in the street, desert, sea shore, or grown in gardens and backyards as a fruit crop. Watermelon can be found from the lowlands up to 1:00 m asl.
The nutrition of watermelon
Watermelon is low in calories and contain water as much as 93.4%, 5.3% carbohydrate, 0.5% ash, protein 0.5%, fiber 0.2%, fat 0.1%, and vitamins (A, B and C) . In addition, it also contains amino acids sitrullin (C6 H12 N3 O3), phosphoric acid, arginine, malic acid, phosphoric acid, carotene, aminoasetat acid, betaine, lycopene (C40 H56), sucrose and bromine. Arginine and sitrulin have a big role in the formation of urea in the liver from ammonia and CO2 to help the increases of urine discharge. The content of potassium is quite high and can help to maintain healthy heart and normalize blood pressure. Watermelon seeds rich in nutrients, like: 30-40% protein, sitrulin, vitamin B12. These seeds help in maintaining blood pressure to remain normal.
Fact about watermelon
- The health benefits of watermelon are truly amazing. Watermelon is a source of some of the most important antioxidants found in nature.
- Watermelon is the source of vitamin C and also an excellent source of vitamin A, especially for beta-carotene concentration.
- Watermelon is also a source of powerful antioxidants called lycopene. Lycopene (red substance in the fruit) which is found in watermelon can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Lycopene in watermelon is higher than any other fresh fruit or vegetables.
- Watermelon is a fruit rich in electrolytes and potassium, these substances are suitable to replace body fluids. We usually lose this substance when sweating.
- Watermelon is rich in vitamins B, it’s necessary for energy production. Food experts recommend the watermelon as an excellent source for vitamin B6, vitamin B1 and magnesium. Due to the higher water content about 90% and calorific value is ranked higher than other fruits.
- Watermelon is free of fat but able to help produce energy. It protects against macular degeneration.
- Watermelon is good source of thiamin, potassium and magnesium, which protects our body from diseases.
How the baby like to eat watermelon
The benefit of watermelon for health
There are many benefits by consume watermelon, like: help us to maintain the body from fatigue, fever, thirst with dry mouth, pain when urinating, abdominal bloating due to a lot of gas, difficult bowel movements (constipation), sore throat, thrush, hepatitis, high blood pressure (hypertension), erectile dysfunction (impotence), enhance male fertility, alcohol poisoning, high uric acid, remove wrinkles on the face, constipation during pregnancy or old age, inflammation of the liver, anemia, eradicate intestinal worms, malnutrition.
Watermelon rind is used for treatment, like: diabetes, itching due to poison ivy, pain when getting up due to alcohol (hangover), migraine, prevent hair loss, make smooth the skin and eliminate black spots on the face, rough skin, burns, and sunburn.
Watermelon for Men
Watermelom enrich of Lycopene. Another study conducted All India Institute of Sciences New Delhi indicate that other functions of lycopene may increase sperm count and speed up the movement of sperm. Experiments on 30 infertile men aged 23-45 years who were given 20 mg of lycopene twice daily for 3 months, showed an increase in sperm count, improved sperm structure, and an increase in sperm mobility.
Other Lycopene substance is called sitrulin. Sitrulin works by increasing Nitric Oxide production, which play a role in erectile capacity in men so it can recover the impotence (impotence). Sitrulin easily absorbed by the body so that the maximum concentration in the blood is more easily achieved. This causes the penis muscle relaxation which gives the large room on the veins of the penis and fill with blood, forming an erection.
Unique shape of watermelon
We can find several unique shapes of watermelon in Japan. We often see that Japanese people well known as the creative people. Japan often has limitations in terms of storage, especially in densely populated areas. This becomes a dilemma for owners of shops in selling food. The store owner has a limitation in storing watermelon. This case has led to the idea for farmers to make a watermelon with a box shape.
Heart shaped watermelon. Japan also never stopped creating new inventions. A beautiful watermelon with heart shape was performed by a husband and wife who work as a farmer in Kumamoto, Japan. They took 3 years to create this watermelon. Why they choose heart shape for their invention? the heart shape is an expression of love. This watermelon is expected to be a special gift for a loved one. They can harvest only 20 heart-shaped watermelons each year. Usually they are harvested before Mother's Day arrived, with the price about ¥ 15.750 or $ 160 for each of watermelon. It’s a fair price for the feeling of perfect love.
Another unique shape of watermelon
The biggest watermelon
“Lloyd Bright” has well known as the current world record holder of “ the biggest watermelon grower”. With weight about 268.8 pounds (122 kg). Lloyd came from Arkansas, USA. Actually Lloyd and his family have 3 giant watermelon records in 2005, 1985, 1979. So, Lloyd and his family is the world best giant watermelon growers ever.
Now we talk about art. This is part of art. Watermelon carving is a beautiful art work with fruit as the media. We can see how the people show their talent to make a wonderful carving from watermelon. From the picture below, we can see the detail in every scratch of knife in creating amazing character. Like: flower, face, animal, etc.
- 4 ½ lbs (2 kg) watermelon flesh, seeded
- 2 cup (500ml) sweet white wine
- ½ tsp garam masala
- ¼ cup (60 ml) honey
- Grated rind of a 1 lemon
- Grated and juice of 1 orange
- 1 cup (250 ml) sour cream
- Grated nutmeg and dill sprigs to garnish
Bring watermelon, wine, garam masala, honey, orang rind and juice and lemon rind to a boil, stirring well. Reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes. Allow to cool.
Puree in blender/ food processor. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in sour cream. Chill thoroughly before serving.
Save garnish with dill sprigs and a light sprinkling of grated nutmeg.
- Patients with a weak stomach and cold, don't eat too much watermelon
- Men with prostate disorders don't eat watermelon