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karpouziaA watermelon is a large, oval fruit with green skin; sweet, delicious pulp; and seeds. Even though red watermelons are the most frequent ones we come across, they come in other colors, too, like orange colored, yellow and white. Watermelons are 92% water and related to cucumbers, lead pages and pumpkins.
The watermelon is certainly the king of summer of all fruits in Greece and it is frequently served as a dessert in the Greek taverns. This amazing fruit revitalizes and detoxicates the body. You will also love it as a juice or a cocktail. The sweetest water melons are produced in western Peloponnese.

Some interesting facts about the watermelon are:

  • Wild watermelons came from southern Africa.
  • Not only does it quench your thirst, it can also quench inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.

  • Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide.

  • By weight, a watermelon contains about 6% sugar and 92% drinking water.
  • Watermelon is an ideal health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium.

  • The watermelon can be considered as both a fruits and a vegetable. It is a fruit because it grows from a seed, has a nice refreshing flavor, and is loosely considered a kind of berry. It is a vegetable since it is a member of the same family as the cucumber, pumpkin and lead pages.

  • Watermelon is grown in over 96 countries worldwide.

  • Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds.

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