Who doesn’t want to snack on mouth-watering watermelon? Watermelon is a staple at a summer barbeque or get-together. There are not many calories in watermelon and they are fat-free so it can be incorporated into your daily meal plan without any repercussion. Watermelon make-up is 92% water and 8% sugar. In one cup (diced), or 154 grams, there are 46 calories in watermelon. In 1 large slice, there are 92 calories in watermelon. The best way to pick a nice, juicy, ripe watermelon that will cure your craving is to pick one that has a dull yellow spot on the bottom where it touched the ground, a dull rind, glossy appearance and a hollow sound when you thump it with your finger. There are hundreds of different types of watermelon developed by farmers and cultivars. You will notice the taste, texture and color vary from type to type. Despite the different groups the amount of calories in watermelon will stay relatively close to the same.
Seedless is the most popular group of watermelon, weighing in from 10 to 20 pounds. They have a bright red, sweet flesh with little white edible seeds. In two cups (cubed), or 259 grams, there are 70 calories in seedless watermelon.
Another popular group of watermelon is the Picnic watermelons. Buyers can choose seeded or seedless when purchasing a Picnic watermelon. Picnic watermelons are very sweet with a dark red flesh and small black seeds, weighing in between 8 to 14 pounds.
Icebox watermelons are named because of their size; they are small enough to fit nicely in a refrigerator, weighing between 6 to 12 pounds.
A little bit different group is the Yellow watermelon. They are green on the outside, like normal, but have a yellow flesh. These are sweeter than the red-flesh watermelons.
Health Benefits and Nutritional Facts
Muhameds Watermelons are the king of summer fruits. They are full of water, which helps keep your body hydrated in the summer heat. They are rich in vitamins A, B, and C, carbohydrates, potassium and antioxidants. Watermelons contain amino acids that aid in healthy blood flow to the heart. Lycopene and vitamin A are excellent sources found in watermelon that aid with keeping the eyes healthy, preventing macular degeneration and other eye problems. Being rich in B vitamins, watermelon is a good food to eat to help boost your energy level. Because of the high concentration of vitamin C, this fruit can aid in fighting illnesses. The most interesting nutritional fact about watermelon is that it is said to boost the nitric oxide levels in men, which helps to relax blood vessels, making watermelon comparable to Viagra!
How to Store Watermelon
Watermelons can be stored in a variety of ways: cut or uncut, frozen or fresh. Uncut watermelon should be stored at 55 degrees or higher and will stay for approximately two weeks. If you store your whole watermelon at room temperature, it will stay approximately 7 to 10 days; up to a week in warmer temperatures. Once you cut your watermelon, be sure to cover the cut surface with plastic wrap or cut into chunks and place in air-tight container and keep refrigerated. This will keep your watermelon fresh for approximately two days. If you would like to freeze your watermelon, cut into slices, chunks, wedges or cubes and remove the seeds and rind. Place your pieces on a cookie sheet in a single layer, put in the freezer until frozen. Once your pieces are frozen, put them in zip-lock bags leaving a half-inch of room for expansion. When you remove your watermelon from the freezer to serve, you should use it within four days.