Watermelon as a healthy refreshment

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Watermelon as a healthy refreshment


4,000 years ago the Egyptians were on hot days, juicy watermelon taste. Even today, the watermelon is particularly popular in the summer. A high water content and fruity flavor make water melons for a healthy refreshment – with almost no calories. Prefer to use this melon is eaten places fresh and raw, but delicious watermelon recipes like Punch, Smoothies or fruit sorbet are the hit at every garden party.

Watermelon: calories and vitamins

In the first line of a contains water-melon – as the Name says – water, to about 95 percent. Apart from this, many A – and C-vitamins stuck in the fruit fibers. In addition, a significant iron content and a low sodium content, the dewatered together with the many water the kidneys and cleans. A watermelon has hardly any calories, only about 24 kcal per 100 grams. The seeds of this melon are not to be despised, because they contain vitamins, minerals, fat and protein.

Watermelons: seasonal and buying tips

The season for watermelons is because of their large distribution area, basically the whole year. In Germany, there are, however, usually buy only in the summer months. Since the purchase of the green, thick peel of the ripe fruit is not to be regarded, helps here’s a little Trick: Sounds when you Knock on the watermelon with a dull, the sound full of sound, the fruit is ripe. It sounds, however, hollow and metallic, not the melon yet ready for consumption.

Since most people can anyway not a whole watermelon all at once and the fruit in the fridge after a few days is bad, it is advisable to buy from the fruit vendor half a melon. These are usually kept with cling film fresh and are just as good as all the water melons. However, the state is there to look at the cut flesh easier, and the maturity of the watermelon judge. The meat should be evenly in a juicy Red – or Pink-clay colored.

Recipes with watermelon

The most common way of preparation of a water melon is to slice them in the middle, then cut into quarters and sliced. Because of their bold, bright colour of the watermelon is also a popular means of decoration of dishes.

For summer parties the following recipe is for a watermelon Punch bowl: a large watermelon cutting a kind of lid, and remove the pulp, up like a Halloween pumpkin, only the hollow shell is left. This may be used as a vessel for the Punch. The meat in bite-sized pieces. The hollowed-out watermelon with a bottle of white wine and 0.5 liters of vodka and fill the pulp of the watermelon, as well as a can add mixed fruits. Then replace the lid and the Bowl in the refrigerator overnight. Just before Serving, in a chilled bottle of sparkling wine.

A great refreshment on hot days, even the non-alcoholic watermelon Smoothie: for This purpose, 300 grams of enucleated fruit flesh puree with a Cup of yogurt, 120 ml milk and 1 TBSP icing sugar. Then two scoops of vanilla ice cream and the Shake frothy mix. In two glasses, fill with mint leaves to decorate and serve.

Water melon: the cultivation and origin

Originally, the watermelon comes from South Africa. Since the sun and dry, loves sandy soil, it will grow there even today, wild in the Steppe. Wild water melons taste usually bitter and are more popular because of their seeds. These are roasted in many southern countries, such as sunflower seeds and salted as a healthy Snack eaten. Also, flour or Oil is produced from watermelon seeds.

The domestication and the cultivation of watermelon began in ancient Egypt. To Europe the fruit, however, came relatively late. Today, China, Turkey, USA, Iran and Brazil are among the most important countries for the cultivation of this type of melon. The watermelon, by the way, one of a different genus than the rest of the melon varieties such as honeydew melon. While melons are generally allocated to fruit, vegetables, water-melons, the cucumber plants, other melons, however, the family of the pumpkins.

As well as their Relatives, the one-year, herbaceous water-melons grow plants in branched tendrils on the floor. A fully grown watermelon can be up to 100 pounds – normally, the fruits weigh between three and 25 pounds.

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