SOWING TIME: November To February-March
FRUIT PICKING: After 80-85 Days From Sowing
FRUIT SHAPE: Round
FRUIT COLOUR: Light Grey Green
AVERAGE WEIGHT: 3-4 Kgs
FLESH: Deep Red
SWEETNESS: Very Sweet
Watermelons are a member of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae. This cousin to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash, watermelons are considered a vine-like flowering plant that is actually native to Southern Africa, and it is there that the wild varieties are in the greatest abundance. These varieties range from super sweet to bitter, and vary in size as well. They moved north to Egypt, and were cultivated in the Nile River Valley, and eventually moved east into China, roughly 1,000 years ago.
Despite popular belief that watermelon is made up of only water and sugar, it is actually a nutrient dense food. It’s refreshing quality and sweet taste helps to combat the heat and also provides a guilt-free, low maintenance dessert for kids and adults alike to enjoy. Watermelon includes significant amounts of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, fiber, protein, and a very large amount of potassium. Furthermore, they contain vitamin A, vitamin B6, niacin, thiamin, and a wide variety of carotenoids and phytonutrients, including lycopene. As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C as well as other antioxidants, watermelon can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.Watermelon and watermelon juice have been shown to reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery time following exercise in athletes. Eat them raw, make a dessert (sorbet) or simply bite into a nice chunk of the Melons, whatever and however, you have them, you will love every pinch of them! So start growing them in your gardens now.
Soil should be mixed with well rotten Cow dung. Make planting beds around 5 – 7 feet wide and sow seeds on both sides of the bed at 1.5 feet distance between two lines. Water it immediately and then water as per requirement. Harvest after 80-85 days.