From last few years, farming of Watermelon is taken seriously by farmers in Sindhudurg. Maybe because of this is short-term cash crop as well as it is intercrop. Most of the farmers directly sell watermelons to customers through their roadside shop. It is natural and low maintenance dessert for the summer season.
Watermelon has the history of thousand years from ancient egypt. The Scientific name of Watermelon is Citrullus lanatus. It is grown in tropical and sub-tropical areas. This flowering plant originated in Southern Africa. Citrullus colocynthis is often considered to be a wild ancestor of the watermelon and is now found the native in north and west Africa. According to FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) survey China is the top producer of Watermelon in 2014.
92 percent of Watermelon is made up of water. It provides vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and a small number of calories.
Health benefits of watermelon:
Asthma, Cancer, Inflammation. Obesity, Diabetes, Heart disease, Blood pressure, Hydration, Muscle soreness and best of healthy skin and hairs. It also helps in digestion.
Dried seeds of watermelon are also useful for health. They are full of Protein, B Vitamins, Minerals and Fats.