The wonderful world of watermelons

Mark Twain once said, "When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what angels eat," and there is no fruit that says summer like watermelons.

Did you know that the watermelon's official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae and that it originated in Africa? It is a cousin to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash, and it is made up of 92% water and there are 200-300 varieties.

Watermelons are great for adults and kids, and perfect for numerous types of diets, from Mediterranean, vegan, to low sodium, because watermelons are low or free of cholesterol, fat, and sodium.

This delicious fruit has excellent levels of vitamins A and C and B6, and is also a source of electrolytes like potassium and magnesium, even more, it contains more lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable.

Lycopene is an anti-oxidant that protects the human heart, prostate and skin health and research study said that the citrulline that it contains - which then converts to arginine – can help decrease blood pressure.

In 2008, scientists said that citrulline may even have a Viagra-like effect on the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido.

If you get bored eating watermelon in its classical manner, there are numerous light, delicious recipes to turn the fruit into refreshing meals, drinks and cocktails.

The simplest is a watermelon salad, but you can also add other fruits to make a fruit bowl, but watermelon also tastes good combined with cheeses, like feta and mozzarella.

Watermelon can even be paired with vegetables, like peppers , cucumbers, onions , herbs and blended together will turn into a tasty gazpacho.

Grilled watermelon with fish or meat is great option for a scumptious dinner, and if you have a sweet tooth, there’s also a recipe for muffins using the juice and pulp.

Any left over watermelon can be turned into a natural beauty product, like toners for dry or oily skin and also face cleansers, face packs and even scrubs, and for sun burned skin there's nothing more soothing than applying fresh watermelon juice to your skin.

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