Tourists crave for their summer vacations in the most naturally beautiful, paradise-like islands in the Caribbean.Everyone would love to come here and sun out on our divine beaches and view our spell-binding sceneries. However, hydration is equally important and must be paid tentative attention. Watermelons are vastly superior as refreshment to bottled drinks, biting into its sweet-smelling pulp and feeling the mouth full of juice is a real hot-weather pleasure to most, having said that, watermelons also carry their fair share of natural vitamins and minals.
Scientific synonyms: Cucurbia citrillus L.= Momordica lanata Thunb.
French: Melon d’eau, pasteque;
Spanish: Sandia, melon de agua.
Description: Fruit of the watermelon plant a herbaceous creeping plant of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae, which produces from 3-5 fruits weighing 3 to 10 kilos. (It however, may weigh up to 20 kilos, 44 lobs)
Properties and Indications: The watermelon’s composition is similar to that of other melons, although it contains less vitamin C, floats, iron, and potassium and somewhat more beta-carotene (provitamin A), Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B6.
Its properties are very similar to those of other melons: hydrating, remineralising, alkalising, diuretic and laxative. Watermelon may be even more diuretic than other melons.
Watermelon is indicated for for disorders involving the kidneys and the unrinary tract (kidney failure, lithiasis, infection), and whenever a departure treatment is called for to remove toxins from the blood. Treatment with watermelon may be done by alternating the fresh fruit with its juice, which is better tolerated in the stomach. Diabetics tolerate watermelon well because of its low sugar content. Since it provides 32 kcal/100 g, and produces and immediate sensation of satiety, it is beneficial in weight-loss treatments.