Many of you know that I have ventured out to grow watermelon. There are a few things that I did not know about watermelon and I want to share those things with you.
Every morning I check every plant in the garden and sometimes do watering, but I didn't water this morning, because I watered yesterday. Not to mention it has been very cool where I live. Everything is doing well. The green beans I planted last week are starting to peep through.
The watermelon plants are doing fine. I noticed the little leaf on one of the plants has yellow spots. I was so excited to see the yellow spots because the variety that I have planted is Moon and Stars (suppose to have yellow spots/speckles on leaves). You can see the Moon and Stars variety in the above photo.
Did you know?
- Watermelon originated in Africa.
- Watermelon is a related to squash family. I noticed that through gardening. They both look the same when they start germinating and growing.
- The whole watermelon is nutritious. (rind, seeds and the flesh) There is an abundance of chlorophyll in the rind. In China, the rind is stir-fried, stewed and even pickled.
- Watermelon contains 8% sugar the rest is mostly water.
- Watermelon is 92% water by weight.
- Watermelon is a mild diuretic.
- The red flesh watermelon is a good source for lycopene.
- There are more than 1200 varieties of watermelon.
- Moon and stars (one I'm growing) variety has been around since 1926.
- Some health benefits are, vitamin C, lycopene, a temporary boost of energy, vision protection (presence of lycopene and vitamin A), helps lower blood pressure (presence of the amino acid arginine~contributes to overall general health)
Watermelon has awesome benefits. Remember to eat your watermelon, you'll be glad you did.
Until next time... :)