5 surprising facts about watermelons on National Watermelon Day

It's a fruit and a vegetable

(WZDX) - August 3rd is National Watermelon Day. We thought we'd share some facts about fruit/vegetable you may not know.

That's one of them. It's a fruit and a vegetable. As a sweet, seed-producing plant, it's related to cucumbers, pumpkin, and squash. The other factor: the watermelon's rind is entirely edible.

Try juicing your watermelon. Drinking its juice prior to your next workout can help prevent muscle soreness. The juice contains a little over one gram of l-citrulline, an amino acid.

A study found that men who drank natural unpasteurized watermelon juice prior to their workouts had reduced muscle soreness 24 hours later compared to those who drank a placebo.

Japanese farmers have perfected the art of growing watermelons in odd shapes. They've been growing cube-shaped watermelons for the past 40 years. Farmers force the watermelons into the cube shape by cultivating them in box-like braces. They can be sold for more than $100.

You can eat the watermelon rind and seeds. Most people throw the rind away. If you put it in a blender with some lime, you can create a healthy treat. The rind contains plenty of health promoting and blood-building chlorophyll. It also contains more of the citrulline than the pink flesh. Citrulline is important for heart health and maintaining your immune system. 

Black watermelon seeds contain iron, zinc, protein, and fiber. That means they are quite healthy.

The watermelon is about 92% water. Okay, that's probably not that surprising. But, that means eating watermelon on a hot summer day can help keep you hydrated.

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