I've been thinking about what tells "summer" best, and I have realized it has go to be the round green water-filled fruit that does it.
Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus var. lanatus, family Cucurbitaceae)
Watermelon is thought to have originated in southern Africa, where it is found growing wild. Evidence of its cultivation in the Nile Valley was found from the second millennium BC. Watermelon seeds have been found at Twelfth Dynasty sites and in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
By the 10th century, watermelons were being cultivated in China, which is today the world's single largest watermelon producer.
Watermelon can boost energy. A daily serving of watermelon has been shown to boost energy levels by up to 23%. This is because watermelon contains vitamin B6, which the body uses to synthesize feel good dopamine. It also contains magnesium which assists in the body's formation of adenosine triphosphate. Like a rechargeable battery, this nucleotide fuels cellular function for all-day energy.
In my town, you can still buy them from a cart, just like this one.
Watermelon can help in the faster healing of wound and other skin problem. The fruit is packed with the amino acid citrulline, which the body converts to arginine. Arginine speeds the delivery of white blood cells to injury sites, plus spurs the growth of new skin tissue.
It's large enough - you can share it with a friend.. or more than one.
Here are even more reasons for eating this lovely, colorful fruit:
- It provides additional water to the body (watermelon is about 92% water)
- Good for bad breath
- Serves as a hangover remedy
- Can improve sore throat and mouth sores
- Cleanses the kidneys (juice the entire watermelon - rind, seeds, and all and drink for a good kidney cleanse)
- Naturally gets rid of excess fluid in the body - it has diuretic properties
- Liver supportive - contains glutathione
- Cleanses blood and strengthens glands - contains chlorophyll
- It is a good source of potassium
- Fat free - low in calories, high in energy
- Nutrients in watermelon include vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C (it also contains fiber and has no fat or cholesterol!)
- Helps lower the risk of heart disease.
Have I mantioned it's made out of my two favorite colors:
red and green.. :)
All this reminds me of the movie that I love so much:
Have a slice... and have a great day!