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  Facts about Watermelon

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Watermelon is a favorite to almost everyone. So do you know anything interesting about your this favorite fruit. No? Now let me tell you? Your so called favourite fruit water melon is not even a fruit. I didnít know that too. I have some more interesting facts about this big sized giant.

The Facts:

1. Not only does it reduce your thirst, it can also satisfy irritations that create conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.

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

3. Watermelon is an ideal health food because it doesnít contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium.

4. Pink watermelon is also a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene. These powerful antioxidants travel through the body neutralizing free radicals.

5. Watermelon is a vegetable! It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.

6. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

7. Many years ago explorers used watermelons to carry water on long expeditions

8. Watermelon is grown in over 96 countries worldwide.

9. In China and Japan watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host.

10. In Israel and Egypt, the sweet taste of watermelon is often paired with the salty taste of feta cheese.

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

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