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HAPPY NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY


Happy  National Watermelon Day!
 

A Few Facts About Watermelons:

  • The scientific name for watermelon is Citrullus lanatus
  • Watermelons were cultivated at least as early as 2000 B.C.
  • Watermelon seeds were found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen
  • Watermelon is a fruit but it is related to other produce that grows on vines like pumpkins and squash
  • Early explorers used watermelons as canteens
  • There are over 1,200 varieties of watermelon grown worldwide
  • In China and Japan a watermelon is considered an excellent hostess gift
  • The word "watermelon" first appeared in the English dictionary in 1615

Health Benefits of Watermelon:
  • Rich in electrolytes and water content, watermelons are nature's thirst quencher
  • Watermelons not only quench your thirst, they can also quench inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis
  • Watermelons are an excellent source of Vitamin-A, anti-oxidant flavonoids like lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin
  • Watermelons are rich in potassium, vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), vitamin-C and manganese

Enjoy National Watermelon Day and don't hit anyone in the eye as you spit out the seeds!



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