A seeded watermelon is oblong in shape. It can weigh anywhere from 15 to 45 pounds. It may contain small or large seeds which can be either brown or black.
The seedless watermelon is the most popular in the U.S. It usually has a round shape. It can weigh anywhere from 10 to 20 pounds. It typically has no seeds although occasionally a few seeds may occur.
Choosing A Watermelon
Look for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents. The watermelon should be heavy for its size. The underside of the watermelon should have a yellow section. The yellow spot indicates the section that touched the ground during ripening in the sun.
Storage and Handling
- Hold the watermelon carefully in order to avoid bruising.
- Wash the watermelon under running water and dry carefully.
- Cut the flesh from the rind into small cubes.
- Place in covered container and refrigerate immediately.
- Keep cut watermelon refrigerated until eaten or up to 4 days.
Lycopene is a pigment that gives watermelon its red color. Watermelon has higher concentrations of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable.
Good for the Heart
Watermelon is good for the heart because it is naturally low in saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol.
Fruits filled with Vitamin A can help you see better. Watermelon is packed with Vitamin A.
Watermelon contains vitamin B6 which helps the immune system produce antibodies.
Watermelon contains Vitamin C. Fruits packed with Vitamin C can help you heal faster.
A two-cup serving of watermelon is also a source of potassium, a mineral necessary for water balance and found inside of every cell.