#36alive 215: National Watermelon Day

Today is National Watermelon Day so we are going to tell you what is so good about watermelons, then give you a nice little idea for something extra it can be used for.

First off, apart from being incredibly tasty and refreshing, watermelon is high in lycopene which is important for our cardiovascular health. Studies are also ongoing on the citrulline content of watermelon. Citrulline is an amino acid that is converted to another amino acid called arginine. If the body does not have enough arginine already then getting more can help blood flow, which is also important for cardiovascular health. The fleshy parts of the watermelon also contains vitamins and minerals so below we tell you how to eat more of that. As with most fruit and veg, watermelon contains a whole host of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants.

Also, speaking from experience, they are great when suffering from a hangover in the heat. The guy selling watermelons at Benicassim festival years ago when I was there must have made a killing!

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The idea we are sharing with you is not some ground breaking discovery, it’s actually quite simple, once you’ve ate the watermelon, don’t just throw away the flesh and skin, no, no, no. Use it as a makeshift bowl, this way you can scrape up some of the fleshy parts as you go. We like to put porridge in (as pictured) but you can stick in whatever you feel necessary.

Finally, if you’re unsure on the best way to cut watermelon, check out this video below……..

 

Oh, and the man who works in the local grocers once told me to stick a straw in to a watermelon, pour vodka in to it, leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours, then eat it. I haven’t tried it but give it a go and let us know how it goes……

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