Fun Watermelon Facts You Didn't Know About

Watermelon has lycopene and it has more than raw tomatoes

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables a pink or red color. Its most often associated with tomatoes, but watermelon is actually a more concentrated source. If compared to a large fresh tomato, one cup of watermelon has 6 milligrams more lycopene compared to 4 mg in a tomato. 

Watermelon Juice May Relieve Muscle Soreness

If you have a juicer, try juicing about one-third of a fresh watermelon and drinking its juice prior to your next workout. This contains a little over one gram of l-citrulline, an amino acid that seems to protect against muscle pain. A study has shown that men who drank natural unpasteurized watermelon juice prior to their workouts had reduced muscle soreness 24 hours later compared to those who drank a placebo.

Watermelon - Fruit and Vegetable

Remember how watermelon is related to cucumbers, pumpkin, and squash? That’s because it’s part vegetable and part fruit. It’s a sweet, seed-producing plant, after all. 

You Can Eat Watermelon Rind and Seeds

Most people throw away the watermelon rind, but if you put it in a blender with some lime for a healthy, refreshing treat, not only does the rind contain plenty of health-promoting and blood-building chlorophyll, but the rind actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh. Citrulline is converted to arginine in your kidneys, and not only is this amino acid important for heart health and maintaining your immune system, but it has been researched to have potential therapeutic value in over 100 health conditions. While many people prefer seedless watermelon varieties, black watermelon seeds are edible and actually quite healthy. They contain iron, zinc, protein and fiber.

Watermelon Is 91 Percent Water

It might not be as surprising as you thought it would, but it’s true. Watermelon is 91 percent water, which means that eating watermelon during the hot summer days is a beneficial way to help you stay hydrated.

There Is Yellow Watermelon

The Yellow Crimson watermelon has yellow flesh with a sweeter, honey flavor than the more popular pink-fleshed Crimson Sweet. It’s likely that yellow watermelon offers its own unique set of nutritional benefits, but most research to date has focused on the pink-fleshed varieties.

Watermelon – Popular Gift

In China and Japan watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host

The Use of Watermelon

A watermelon was thrown at a Roman Governor during a political debate. Placing the watermelon on his head, he thanked the thrower for providing him with a helmet to wear as he fought Philip of Macedonia.