Watermelon juice is derived from the fruit of this vine which is characterized by a thick rind and a fleshy centre. A watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant which is said to have originated from Africa, where it is found growing wild.
The more than 1200 varieties of watermelon range in weight from less than one to more than 200 pounds. By the 10th century, watermelons were being cultivated in China, which is today the world’s single largest watermelon producer.
The fruit has a smooth exterior rind with colors ranging from yellow, green to white.
The interior is juicy and fleshy with colors ranging from:
- deep red (“Carolina Cross”)
- orange (“Orangeglo”)
- yellow (“Yellow Crimson” )
- or white (“Cream of Saskatchewan”)
- including green when it is not ripe.
There are several varieties of watermelon fruits, the most common are large enough to an extent that most green grocery store sell half or quarter pieces. Other smaller varieties with yellow and red flesh are also popularly referred to as ice box melons.
Watermelon fruits contain approximately 92 percent water going by their weight and about 6 percent sugar. The fruit is known to be mildly diuretic as well as containing high amounts of beta carotene.
The watermelon flesh is a good source of lycopene while recent research indicates that consumption of the fruit is likely to mitigate effects of hypertension. The rinds of the fruit which are usually light green or white is edible and contains many nutrients.
Most people avoid eating the rinds because they have an unappealing flavor. In China the rinds are used as a vegetable, usually the rind is cooked with garlic, olive oil, scallions and chili peppers.
Watermelon juice is not only refreshing especially during hot weather but also highly nutritious. You can opt either for the seedless variety which is easier to juice or the other varieties that contains seeds. Watermelon seeds are edible and are known be beneficial to the human body.
You need the following items to effectively juice a watermelon
- Plate or bowl
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board
- Glass or plastic pitcher
- Electric juicer
- 1 quality seedless watermelon
- Ice cubes
How to Make Watermelon Juice
- Wash the fruit thoroughly with clean water and dry pat with paper towel or cloth.
- Place the watermelon on the cutting board.
- Cut the watermelon open down the middle into two equal halves; proceed to cut each half into two-inch wedges.
- Using a dinner knife cut away the fleshy part from the rind from each wedge then dice into cubes. If you want (but is not necessary) take the seeds out of the watermelon. Repeat the process until all the pulpy part of the fruit is separated from the rinds.
- Remove the lid of the juicer and drop the pulp into a juicer.
- Add a cup of ice to ensure the juice will have a cool taste as well as a cup of water. Ensure the mixture does not flow over the sides.
- Turn on the juicer, let it run till all melon is gone and the mixture is smooth.
- Add sugar or honey if necessary to sweeten it and serve.
If you want to switch it up a little, try other melons, like cantaloupe, honeydew-melon, or anything else you can think of.
Benefits of Watermelon Juice
- Lycopene is found in abundance in the red watermelons and is a powerful antioxidant critical in prevention of many diseases. Lycopene is also known to lower the risk of ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis, colon cancer, asthma and stroke.
- Watermelon juice is popular with people on diet since it is a low fat as well as low cholesterol diet.
- It contains beta carotene which works in conjunction with lycopene work to guard against the damaging effects of the sun.
- The juice also contains antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. These are roaming molecules that contribute to tissue and organ damage in the human body.
- Antioxidants in the juice also assist in prevention of various cancers, stones and cardiac aliments.
The juice is a great source of potassium which is critical in regulating blood pressure as well as keeping the heart healthy. Watermelon juice is an important component in prevention of bone loss.
The juice is a great energy source since it is rich in Vitamin B. A watermelon diet contains more nutrients per calorie since it is largely made up of water with a few calories.
The Importance of Seeds
Watermelon seeds are a great source of proteins as well as macro and micro-nutrients such as zinc, phosphorus, iron and calcium.
If you do not know, in Vietnamese culture, watermelon seeds are consumed during the Vietnamese New Year’s holiday,”Tet” (is the most important festival in the Vietnamese calendar), as a snack.
The juice from watermelon fruit is crucial in mitigating macular degeneration that leads to loss of vision in elderly people. Watermelon is known to contain properties that help in increasing insulin sensitivity and checking erectile dysfunction.