Watermelon is the fruit of summer. It is one of the most refreshing and satisfying snacks to have on a hot day. I mean it tastes great, contains very few calories, and is loaded with antioxidants and amino acids.
- Rich in beta-carotene which is beneficial for skin and bone health
- Improves eye health, prevents macular degeneration
- Relieves constipation
- Reduces muscle cramps
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases blood flow
- Hydrates and nourishes the body
- Acts as a diuretic
Imagine drinking a big glass of watermelon juice, it is oh so refreshing!
I have recommended watermelon juice so many times to different people for different ailments and it always work: To relieve constipation (especially for kids!), to reduce bloating and water retention, relieve pain, kidney cleansing, or simply to reduce PMS symptoms.
Read about the full health benefits of watermelon.
How To Pick The Best Watermelon Any Time
Choose a watermelon that feels heavy. Pick up a few other melons of the same size and choose the heaviest one. The weight is the juiciness of the melon.
Watermelon Bald Patches
Most watermelons have a “bald patch” that is pale-yellowish in color, ranging from white to yellow, to orangey. Watermelons are heavy and they sit on the ground as it ripens. The longer it stays on the vine, the riper and sweeter it will be.
When picked too soon, the “bald spot” is small or almost non-existent. Avoid those ones. Watermelons don’t continue to ripen once they’re cut off from the vine and will remain less sweet.
A big white spot on the watermelon indicates that it is almost ripe, but not quite ripe so it may not be as sweet as the yellow spots, or even better—the orangey spots (best!).
Pick a watermelon that has a nice oval shape, not deformed in any way. It shows that the melon received adequate sun and water while on the vine. The skin should look dull or matt, not shiny. A shiny watermelon is under-ripe.
Pick one that is free from bruises, cuts or blemishes and one that isn’t too big. A melon that has a hole or is broken in any way allows air into the fruit and will ferment. You may be tempted to buy the biggest watermelon, but it is better to buy two medium ones than to get one big one. The medium ones are about the best.
With Or Without Seeds
When buying a watermelon, you may be tempted to pick a seedless watermelon. I know it is annoying to spit out those seeds, but those seeds are proof that it is a “real” watermelon. Seedless watermelons are genetically modified, so you want to avoid those seedless ones. A discussion on a Penn State Science course page refers seedless watermelons as “a genetically created hybrid”, and has this to say:
Seedless watermelons are the product of cross-breeding a “male” watermelon pollen with 22 chromosomes per cell, with a “female” watermelon flower with 44 chromosomes per cell. This mixture of cells creates a sterile fruit that is incapable of further producing seeds. Therefore, you cannot grow a watermelon from a hybrid, seedless watermelon.
Fruits are meant to have seeds, always choose those one with seeds over “seedless”. As they say, “Seedless foods will breed a seedless (infertile) generation.”
If you want to lose a few extra pounds this summer, try doing a 3-day watermelon juice detox.