SOWING TIME: November To February-March
FRUIT PICKING: After 85-90 Days From Sowing
FRUIT SHAPE: Round
FRUIT COLOUR: Blackish Green
AVERAGE WEIGHT: 3-4 Kgs
FLESH: Deep Red
SWEETNESS: Very Sweet
People growing in the tropical countries have a very sweet association with hot summery days – the huge large Watermelon! It is one of the sweetest, juiciest, and cooling fruits that you can find in nature. It’s interesting to note that the Watermelon is actually a berry! It is classified so because botanically it’s called a Pepo – or a berry which has a hard rind but no internal division! First grown in the Kalahari desert of Africa, the first records of harvesting this popular heat-dasher, dates back to 5000 years ago. In India there presence was recorded in the 7th century. More than just a fruit, the watermelon also has special connotations in the Freedom struggle of Africans and also became a symbol of their freedom. Eventually, they also found their way into the warmer parts of the Mediterranean region. The flowering plant belongs to the flowering vine-like family called the Cucurbitaceae and is an annual. It is usually grown for the special edible fruit.
The fruit, which is 91% water and 6% sugar, is one of the most nutritious fruits to include in your diet. With a very high content of Vitamin C, A, B6, and lycopene. Its seeds are edible too and are usually dried and roasted before consumed. They are known to be extremely rich in micro-nutrients and provide many life-sustaining essentials. The popular ways of eating watermelon include slicing or cutting it into cubes and enjoying on a hot summer day. You can also add it to salads, fruits salad, desserts and even pickle it.
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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 85-90 days.