Watermelon

Citrullus lanatus

What gives it its taste and how to recognise it

  • appropriate choice of variety to suit the soil and climate
  • planted well apart from each other
  • field temperatures high on average (temperature range of 12 – 32°C)
  • no sudden changes in temperature
  • sugar content of above 16° Brix
  • stem near dry and free of hair on picking
  • thin shiny glaze on the outer surface of the fruit.

Nutritional and nutraceutical value

  • energy content: 30 Kcal/100g;
  • rich in: vitamin A and B vitamins, calcium, minerals, carotenoids and lycopene;
  • benefits: helps lower LDL cholesterol (the so-called bad cholesterol) and prevent colon cancer.

Varieties and periods of availability

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MIDI seedless group
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