Watermelons have become synonymous with summer and picnics, and for good reason. Their refreshing quality and sweet taste help to combat the heat and provide a guilt-free, low maintenance dessert.
Along with cantaloupe and honeydew, watermelons are a member of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae. There are five common types of watermelon: seeded, seedless, mini (also known as personal), yellow, and orange.
Fast facts on watermelon:
- The watermelon has been cultivated for thousands of years, with evidence stretching back to the Ancient Egyptians – who were expert cultivars.
- Over 90 percent of a watermelon is water.
- According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), China is the top producer, with 75 million produced in 2014.
- Watermelon is thought to aid conditions including asthma, cancer, and inflammation.
Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions.
Other benefits of the watermelon include promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight.
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0.2 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0 g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 1 mg||0%|
|Potassium 112 mg||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 8 g||2%|
|Dietary fiber 0.4 g||1%|
|Sugar 6 g|
|Protein 0.6 g||1%|
|Vitamin A||11%||Vitamin C||13%|
|Vitamin D||0%||Vitamin B-6||0%|
*Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.