Watermelon Yellow

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Seasons/Availability

Yellow watermelons are available year-round, with a peak season in the summer.

Current Facts

Yellow watermelons, botanically classified as Citrullus lanatus, are members of the Cucurbitaceae family along with squash, cucumbers and pumpkins. Despite their name, these melons are actually not yellow in color but pale green to creamy white inside. They are sometimes referred to as yellow-fleshed watermelon or cream of Saskatchewan. The fruits were originally discovered in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

Nutritional Value

Yellow watermelons contain vitamin A, B6 and C, potassium and lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant. Lycopene helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and may also help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer including prostate cancer. Yellow watermelons also contain dietary fiber which is important for digestive health, and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and iron.

Taste

Yellow watermelons have a milder flavor than traditional red watermelons but are still slightly sweet with a slight tartness. The texture of the flesh is firm yet tender and juicy. The most flavorful yellow melons will have a pale orange hue on their skin when ripe.

Uses

The melon can be eaten fresh or cooked in various recipes such as soups, stews and salads. It can also be juiced or blended into smoothies. The rind of the melon is edible but not particularly popular due to its somewhat bitter taste.

Health Benefits

Studies have shown that yellow watermelons may help to reduce inflammation due to their high antioxidant content. They can also be beneficial for heart health by helping to lower cholesterol levels and reduce blood pressure. The fiber content helps to keep the digestive system healthy, while the high amounts of Vitamin A and C help to boost immunity. Yellow watermelon is also a good source of lycopene, which can protect against certain types of cancer.

Storage

Yellow melons are best stored at room temperature. They should be kept away from direct sunlight or heat sources as this can cause them to spoil quickly. If not eating the melon right away, store it in the refrigerator for up to one week. Be sure to check for signs of spoilage such as softening and discoloration before consuming.

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