Watermelon (तरबूज) Recipes

Belonging to the same family as cucumber, pumpkin and gourd, watermelon is actually a vegetable! It is, however, consumed as a fruit for it juicy flesh. Watermelon holds almost 92% water content and is considered an ideal health food.

The red or pink flesh is secured by thick green rinds that are either spotted or striped. Watermelon can be oblong or spherical in shape. The ideal size of a watermelon can vary from a few pounds up to 90 pounds.

Nutrition

  • An excellent level of vitamin C and is a source of vitamin A and vitamin B6
  • A source of potassium, a mineral necessary for water balance 
  • A good source of both carotenoids

Health Benefits

  • Helps maintain normal nerve function and form red blood cells
  • Helps to bolster the immune system's defenses against infections
  • Keeps you refreshing & hydrated in Summer
  • Good for people who are looking for weight loss

Purchase Guide

  • A more ripened watermelon will feel heavy for its size. Heaviness in a watermelon is a good thing because the water content of a watermelon will typically increase along with ripening.
  • If you actually find a stem sticking out from the watermelon, it can be an indication that the watermelon was picked prematurely.

Storage

  • If you cut your watermelon in half and want to store one half, wrap it with plastic.This will keep your watermelon from picking up the scents or flavors of other food in your refrigerator.
  • Chopped watermelon should be stored in an airtight container. Since watermelon is mostly water, the liquid begins leaving the flesh soon after cutting and continues to leave as it ages.
  • You can store uncut watermelon for two days at room temperature. Best to consume the same day or next day.
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