Watermelon is often associated with summertime and outdoor gatherings, such as picnics and barbecues… and for a good reason! It is naturally sweet and juicy, its high water content makes it very refreshing and hydrating, it is nutritious, and can be used in a variety of ways. So what are the most common types of watermelon, is it healthy to eat, and how do you use it?
What are the most common varieties of watermelon?
There are several different varieties of watermelon, each with its own unique characteristics in terms of flavor, texture, and appearance. Some of the most common types of watermelon you will find include (but are not limited to):
- Crimson sweet watermelon: a popular variety of seedless watermelon with sweet and juicy red flesh and is large, round, and has a dark green rind with stripes.
- Icebox watermelon: are smaller watermelons that are typically between 5 and 15 pounds in weight. They have a sweeter flavor and denser flesh than larger watermelons.
- Mini watermelon: also known as “personal” watermelons, are smaller – typically weighing less than 5 pounds. They have a sweeter and more concentrated flavor than larger watermelons.
- Orange watermelon: has a bright orange flesh and a sweet, tropical flavor. It is a relatively new variety of watermelon that is becoming increasingly popular.
- Seedless watermelon: as the name suggests, this type of watermelon does not have seeds or has very small, soft, edible seeds. They are usually round or oval-shaped and available in large and small sizes.
- Sugar baby watermelon: is small and round, with a dark green rind and sweet, red flesh. It is usually seedless and perfect for small households.
- Yellow watermelon: has a yellow or orange-colored flesh, which is sweeter and less watery than traditional red watermelons.
Is watermelon healthy?
Watermelon is considered a healthy food and a great addition to just about any diet. The fruit is low in calories (only 46 calories per cup), it is excellent for hydration as it is mainly made up of water (about 92%), and it is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, as well as the antioxidant lycopene.
Enjoy this incredible summer treat!
Watermelon is delicious when sliced and eaten on its own, added to salads, blended into smoothies, or used as a base for cocktails. It can also be grilled, roasted, or used in savory dishes, making it a versatile (and tasty) ingredient in the kitchen.
What are your favorite ways to enjoy watermelon?
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