Watermelons ripen in summer, between June and August, but some varieties of this fruit mature at the end of the year.
Nutritional value of watermelons
Low in calories (30 kilocalories per 100 grammes), watermelon is a source of Vitamin C, and provides hydration and provitamin A (carotene).
There are different varieties of watermelons. Among these varieties:
- the Sugar Baby watermelon, the most common, has a dark green rind and very sweet red flesh;
- the Orangeglo watermelon has an elongated shape and yellow orange flesh;
- the small yellow watermelon is round with yellow flesh.
Watermelons have a smooth rind, uniformly green or marbled, and red or yellow flesh. Choose a heavy fruit (for some species, the weight can reach up to a hundred kilogrammes) with a waxy and shiny appearance. Its juicy flesh is crunchy and sweet.
The watermelon, or icebox melon, has a high water content, which makes it a great summer treat. © Steve Evans, cc-by-2.0