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We all love tasty and healthy food. Closer to August watermelons ripen, lovers of their bright taste and juicy sweet flesh again come to an argument about this fruit belongs to berries or fruit? Or maybe to the vegetables? Let's figure it out.

Is watermelon a berry, fruit or vegetable?

In this matter, opinions were divided, even botanists have not yet reached a unanimous opinion. In everyday communication, it can be called a berry. Scientists tend to attribute it to the pumpkin or classify it as a false berry.

In terms of botany, calling it a berry is rash.why:

  • berries are consumed entirely, they do not need to be cut and eat in parts;
  • berry pits are easily removed or digested;
  • the berries have a thin peel.

If we consider the fruit as a garden fruit with juicy pulp, growing on a tree, then immediately it becomes clear that watermelon does not apply to fruit.

But if you omit the fact that it grows on bahche, in everyday communication it is acceptable to call it fruit.

Scientists tend to classify watermelon as pumpkin or classify it as a false berry.

Where it grows and what it looks like, to which family it belongs

In Russia, large-scale cultivation takes place in the Volga region and in the Urals, but the Astrakhan Territory is considered to be truly the center of cultivation of this crop.

As for the appearance, there are different varieties. The color of the peel and core may vary, but it does not affect the taste with proper care of the plant.

The usual type of berry is its dark green color with light stripes.

Chemical composition, caloric content

Often it is included in the diet menu, because it is more than 80% water. Office workers and people leading a sedentary lifestyle can afford a fairly large amount of this fruit.

Its pulp contains from 27 to 38 calories per 100 grams.

It contains (nutritional value of 100 grams):

  • proteins - 0.7 g;
  • fats - 0.2 g;
  • carbohydrates - 13 g (mostly fructose).

The pulp of the fruit is rich in vitamins:

  • retinol;
  • pectin;
  • thiamine;
  • folic acid;
  • vitamin B9;
  • potassium

Minerals:

  • magnesium;
  • phosphorus;
  • iodine;
  • fluorine and cobalt.

Berry giant watermelon:

Benefit

The rich composition has a beneficial effect on almost the entire human body. It can be eaten pregnant, as well as in diseases of the kidneys, intestines, cardiovascular system and anemia.

You can use a pumpkin to reduce the headache; it is enough to apply a fresh crust to the frontal part and the temples for 7 minutes.

If after the holidays tormented by hangover, you need to try a little watermelon.

It is also used to improve the condition of the skin by adding pulp to various masks for the body and face.

Watermelon can be eaten in diseases of the kidneys, intestines, cardiovascular system and anemia

Harm

Naturally grown plants are very beneficial.. Unfortunately, they are often produced using nitrates, which accelerate growth.

A person with good health while eating such a fetus may not notice the negative impact.

A healthy body gradually accumulates harmful substances, which at any time can manifest as weakness, insomnia and nervous disorders. Immunity may deteriorate dramatically.

A person with digestive tract problems, a small child or a pregnant woman can almost immediately feel unwell, manifested by deterioration of general condition, vomiting and nausea.

Small children should be given this treat with care., not earlier than a year.

It is necessary to do this gradually, you can pour the child squeezed out of a spoon in a spoon and monitor the condition of the baby, because it can cause allergies.

Small children should be given this delicacy with care, not earlier than in a year.

You can not eat the fruits of the plant, if you suffer:

  • renal impairment;
  • diabetes;
  • diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

There are several ways to save from possible infections and poisoning:

  • in any case not to get a pumpkin, having external violations - cracks and cuts;
  • not to buy sliced ​​pieces, even if they are packed in food film;
  • thoroughly wash the acquired watermelons with soapy water, otherwise microorganisms may affect other products in the house;
  • to make a purchase in the ripening season of late fruits and vegetables, starting in mid-August and ending in September.

Check the ripeness of watermelon can be pressing on the fruit, if the crust is cracking - it's ripe.

You can make sure in the absence of nitrates by dropping a bit of pulp in the water, if it turns pink - you should refrain from drinking, if the water has only become cloudy, you can not be afraid.

On the benefits and harms of false berries and the rules for its selection:

Recipes for dishes with this fruit

Fruit icecream

To get a popular delicacy, it is enough to have sugar and fruit pulp in an equal amount in the house.

Cooking:

  • grind pulp and granulated sugar in a blender;
  • poured into molds;
  • we insert wooden or plastic sticks;
  • leave in the refrigerator for 8-9 hours.
From the pulp of watermelon and sugar, you can make ice cream

Watermelon and apple puree

To prepare this dish you need to take 6 kg of watermelon and 2 kg of apples.

Cooking:

  • wash fruits carefully;
  • cut off the skin, remove the seeds, cut the flesh into pieces;
  • we extract cores and hard parts from apples;
  • we rub apples on a large grater;
  • mix the ingredients in an enamel saucepan and set on fire;
  • stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil;
  • as soon as the noise began to form - turn off the stove and give the dish to cool;
  • decomposed mashed potatoes in jars.

Why is so called and other interesting facts

The modern name "watermelon" was borrowed from the Turkic "χarbuz", and it, in turn, from the Persian language. In Persian "χarbūza" meant "melon". The word melon was understood as "a huge cucumber."

Watermelons come in various shapes.: round, oval, spherical. If they are grown in a special form, they grow in the shape of a heart or even a human face, but require delicate care.

Popular in Japan acquired square watermelons. Initially, they were conceived for convenience when stored in the refrigerator, but often they did not mature and began to be sold as souvenirs.

Nutritionists consider it possible to eat up to 2.5 kg of a fetus per day for a healthy person.

Contained in a false berry lipoken is an antioxidant. It helps the body to deal with various diseases. By consuming products containing it, you can prevent asthma or cancer.

Choline, which is part of the fetus, able to suppress chronic inflammation. Its use improves immunity and health.

Interesting facts about watermelon:

If we turn to the dictionaries, then we will see in them that watermelon is referred to as a perennial creeping plant of the pumpkin family or gourds.

You can approach this issue scientifically and call the fruit a false berry.

In general, no matter how the product is named, it is only important what pleasure and benefit we will get by using it.

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