Watermelon From A to Z: 26 Interesting Things to Know

From Aspirin to Zentsuji, here are 26 facts and figures you’ve probably never heard about watermelon nutrition facts, recipes and history: enjoy all of them.

Aspirin. Watermelon contains natural salicylates, used in the pharmaceutical industry to make medicine, especially aspirin. If you’re sensitive to salicylates, you could be watermelon-intolerant.

Baller. The formal name for a melon baller is Parisienne scoop, a spoon-like tool used to make balls of fruit flesh.

Crimson Sweet. Perhaps the most common watermelon variety, an American cultivar. Round or oval with dark green skin, light green stripes and deep crimson flesh. The Sugar Baby is smaller, rounder and without stripes.

Densuke. This Japanese variety only grows on Hokkaido Island. In 2008, one of the crop’s first specimens was sold at an auction for 650,000 yen (over 4,700 euros) making it the most expensive watermelon ever sold.

Energy. Although it does contain few calories (30 per 100 grams), a single slice of watermelon can increase energy levels by 23% thanks to the vitamin B6 it contains, which the body uses to synthesize dopamine.

Fitness. Best eaten alone for its tendency to slow down the digestion of other foods, watermelon will give you a certain degree of satiety, making it ideal for curbing your appetite in-between meals.

God. The ancient Egyptians described in writing that they cultivated watermelons over 5000 years ago: according to Egyptian legend, spilled seed of the god Seth gave birth to watermelon plants. The fruit was often placed in the pharaohs’ tombs as a means for nutritional sustenance on their journey to the afterlife.

Hundred. The watermelon plant is very prolific: a single specimen can produce up to 100 fruits.

Ierotose. What melon is called in Southern Africa by the ethnic Twana people of Botswana, who consider the fruit sacred and purifying.

Jelly. Jelu i muluni is a typical Palermitan specialty, a chilled gelatinous dessert made from watermelon juice, served in small cups and decorated with mixed candied fruit and chocolate drops.

Kalahari. David Livingstone (1813–1873), the famous explorer of Africa, reported that watermelons grew in abundance in the Kalahari Desert, where the fruit also seems to have originated. The Kalahari Melon or Citron Melon is the watermelon’s ancestor, a wild-growing fruit with a denser pulp and a stronger taste, which is mostly eaten cooked.

Watermelon From A to Z- 26 Interesting Things to Know

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