Do you know the virtues of watermelon?

Do you know the virtues of watermelon?

Known for its moisturizing power, watermelon provides many benefits. We describe them to you and explain how to store and enjoy them.

The watermelon looks like a large green and red striated rugby ball. Its flesh is slightly sweet and full of water. You can therefore devour its crunchy districts with delicacy, without the slightest remorse, especially since watermelon also provides a number of vitamins.
Multiple virtues

Among them, watermelon offers many active carotenoids with antioxidant properties, excellent for fighting premature aging and cancer risk in particular. Watermelon also contains lycopene, a carotenoid that fights inflammation.

How can I keep it for long?

The entire watermelon is shock-resistant. You can keep it in the ambient air for at least a whole week. However, know that if it is hot, it will continue to mature. Once cut, wrap the flesh in cling film and place it in the refrigerator. You can keep it for a week.

How to taste it?

Very refreshing, watermelon does not support cooking. You can nevertheless integrate it into all your fresh salads. All you have to do is open it in half and cut it into quarters and, for those who don't like it, remove the seeds with a fork or the tip of the knife. Then cut cubes or balls with a spoon to sprinkle it into your fresh preparations. It goes perfectly with mint, olive oil, feta and basil for salty dishes. And of course with all the other fruits for a sweet salad. You can also prepare it in cold soup.

Watermelon, or watermelon, generally weighs between 5 and 20 kg when ripe. This fruit is very rich in water and is an excellent way to hydrate. Its flesh is an important source of lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against many diseases. Watermelon seeds are edible and provide vitamin.

Watermelon can be enjoyed plain, as a starter or dessert, as a juice, as a gazpacho or in a salad.

Watermelon originates from West Africa, widely cultivated for its large smooth fruits, with yellow, greenish or white red flesh and black or red seeds.

The culture of watermelon is very old and attested in ancient Egypt, more than five thousand years ago. It has spread to the shores of the Mediterranean and then to all the hot countries.

5 tips to choose the right watermelon

If you want to rely solely on the visual form, you should not choose a watermelon with a very bright rind, because the ripe melon loses its brilliance.

Attention should also be paid to the yellow spots that usually appear at the tip of the fruit, indicating that it has had time to ripen under the sun. If they are yellow or even orange, it is because the fruit is very ripe; if they are white, it is because on the contrary it has not had time to ripen properly.

Avoid scratched or cracked watermelons. Another factor to neglect: its stem, whether dry or green, is not proof of the maturity of this summer fruit according to Russian experts cited by the Novosti agency.

The sound of the watermelon when lightly struck is an indication of maturity. It must sound hollow.

The watermelon must also be fully heavy.

It's summer, so don't hesitate to put colour on your tables with the seasonal fruits that will delight young and old alike.

Is watermelon healthy?

Watermelon is often consumed in hot weather and is not only thirst-quenching but also very beneficial to health. This fruit is very rich in water and is an excellent way to hydrate. It can be enjoyed plain, as a starter or as a dessert, as a juice, as a gazpacho or in a salad.

Watermelon is low in fat and contains no cholesterol. It contains many nutritionally interesting elements, such as citrulline, which is used to synthesize another important amino acid in the body, arginine, which plays a key role in cell division, healing and ammonia removal.

Watermelon is best known for being rich in antioxidants. It also contains some vitamins (vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and vitamin A).

Some of the benefits of watermelon

1) It can contain up to 92% water

  •     Moisturizing & diuretic
  •     Increases urinary secretion and promotes elimination, fights against hypertension or oedema....

2) Vitamins and minerals

  •     Essential for the proper functioning of the body and to compensate for any deficiencies.
  •     Ideal after a day of fasting

3) Low in calories, it is recommended for slimming diets.

  •     About 34 Kcal per 100g

4) It is part of the "fat burning" fruits

  •     It contains citrulline

5) It is a precursor of arginine, a semi essential amino acid.


6) It contains a lot of antioxidants

  •     The main ones: Beta-carotene, carotenoids and lycopene

7) Its lycopene concentration is higher than that of tomatoes

It is a powerful natural antioxidant that slows cell aging and blocks the development of many cancers, including prostate, stomach and lung cancers.

Recent American studies have shown a 45% reduction in the risk of developing prostate cancer[lycopene] with regular consumption of (tomato).

The bioavailability of lycopene is better when the tomato is lightly cooked

💡Did you know that?

  •     A watermelon can reach up to 20 kg.
  •     To maximize vitamin C intake and reduce oxidation, feel free to add natural lemon juice to your preparations.
  •     A good watermelon must be heavy and firm. By sticking your ear on it and tapping, it must sound hollow.
  •     The fragile intestines do not tolerate seeds (don't forget to remove them)

The 6 unexpected health benefits of watermelon

Maybe you think you know everything about watermelon? But let me surprise you... watermelon is not only delicious, it's a great food to incorporate into your summer diet. To consume without moderation as long as it is the season.

Here are the main health benefits of watermelon:

1.     Watermelon contains more lycopene than raw tomatoes

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant carotenoid that gives fruits and vegetables their pink or red colour. It is most often associated with tomatoes, but watermelon is, in fact, a more concentrated source. One part of watermelon contains 1.5 times more lycopene than a large fresh tomato (6 milligrams (mg) in watermelon compared to 4 mg in a tomato).

2.     Watermelon juice could relieve muscle aches and pains

If you have a juice extractor, try to prepare a juice with about one-third fresh watermelon and drink it before your next workout. This drink contains just over a gram of l-citrulline, an amino acid that seems to protect against muscle pain.

One study showed that men who drank unpasteurized natural watermelon juice before their training sessions experienced less muscle pain 24 hours later than those who drank a placebo. However, you should be careful with watermelon juice, as it contains a significant amount of fructose. It may be better to eat the whole fruit, or to choose one of these other tips to prevent muscle pain.

3.     Watermelon is a fruit and a vegetable

Watermelon is a cousin of cucumbers, pumpkin and squash? This is because it is partly a vegetable, and partly a fruit (it is basically a sweet plant that produces seeds). The other clue that watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable? The skin is completely edible....

4.     Watermelon skin and seeds are edible

Most people throw the watermelon skin away, but try to put it in a blender with lime and you will get a healthy and refreshing treat. Not only does the skin contain a large amount of chlorophyll, which is good for health and promotes hemoglobin production, but it also contains more citrulline than its pink flesh. Citrulline is converted by your kidneys into arginine, an amino acid important for heart health and to preserve your immune system.

Although many people prefer seedless varieties, the black seeds of watermelons are edible and even quite healthy. They contain iron, zinc, protein and fibre (In case you're wondering, seedless watermelons are not genetically modified, but the result of hybridization).

5.     It is mainly composed of water

This may not be surprising, but it is still a funny fact: watermelon is made up of more than 91% water. This means that eating watermelon on a hot summer day is a delicious way to stay hydrated and avoid dehydration (but it does not replace fresh water, to be drunk in quantity).

6. helps against erectile dysfunction

Watermelon also contains a lot of l-arginine, which can be useful in erectile disorders by helping to soften blood vessels, including those that carry blood to the penis - which is why watermelon is sometimes called a "natural viagra". It has been found that citrulline supplements improve erection rigidity in men with mild erectile dysfunction.

Finally, while being very low in calories (about 46 calories for a cup), watermelon also contains an impressive variety of other important nutrients, which many people lack, including:

  •     Vitamin C
  •     Vitamin B6
  •     Potassium
  •     Vitamin A
  •     Magnesium

Watermelon would have a "natural" effect similar to Viagra
According to American scientists, the fruit contains citrulline, a substance that, once in the body, stimulates the dilation of blood vessels.

A priori, nothing can bring the watermelon closer to Viagra, the erection pill. And yet! According to American scientists, soft-fleshed summer fruit contains citrulline, a substance that, once in the body, stimulates the dilation of blood vessels.

The study, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was conducted by researchers at Texas A&M's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center. Viagra is a registered trademark of the American laboratories Pfizer.

When consumed in large quantities, citrulline, found in the flesh and skin of watermelons, reacts with the body's enzymes, which convert it into arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart, vessels and immune system.

"Arginine stimulates nitric oxide, a vasodilator, on the same basic functioning as Viagra, which treats and perhaps even prevents erectile dysfunction," says Bhimu Patil, researcher and director of Texas A&M's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center. "Watermelon does not act as specifically on an organ as Viagra, but it is a good way to dilate vessels without the risk of drug-related side effects."

The skin

But Todd Wehner, who studies watermelon reproduction at North Carolina Public University, warns that anyone taking Viagra should not expect to achieve an effect comparable to watermelon. "It seems that watermelon has an interesting action but that it cannot replace any medical treatment," he emphasizes.

Nitric oxide can also relieve angina, high blood pressure, and many other cardiovascular problems, according to the results of this study.

Watermelon skin contains about 60% more citrulline than its flesh, but this can vary, Bhimu Patil added. But scientists should be able to find ways to stimulate the concentration of citrulline in the flesh. It is found in watermelons of all colours, but it is more concentrated in yellow flesh watermelons, said Penelope Perkins-Veazie, a researcher in Lane, Oklahoma.

This scientist considers Bhimu Patil's work valid but has a reservation: you would have to consume the equivalent of about a litre and a half of watermelon in order to obtain a quantity of citrulline capable of stimulating the arginine level in the body.

"The problem is that when you eat a lot of watermelon, you tend to go to the toilet more often," says Penelope Perkins-Veazie. Watermelon, which has a diuretic effect, was used as a homeopathic treatment for patients with kidney failure, before dialysis became widespread.

Positive effects

Another problem is the amount of sugar that a high consumption of watermelon could introduce into the bloodstream, promoting cramps, Perkins-Veazie continued. Bhimu Patil said he would like to conduct further studies on how to reduce the sugar content in watermelon.

The link between citrulline and arginine may also be useful for obese people or other people with type 2 diabetes. The positive effects, especially vasodilator, as Viagra does, are beginning to be revealed by research.

Citrulline is present in other cucurbits, including cucumbers and melons, at very low levels, and in milk casein protein. The highest concentrations of citrulline are found in walnut seeds, according to Penelope Perkins-Veazie.

For cellulite, drink watermelon water

Its full season starts in a little over a month and we can enjoy it until September. Low in calories and full of water, watermelon is our summer's slimming asset.

A summer fruit par excellence, watermelon is ideal for reducing orange peel and cellulite thanks to its composition. What are its beneficial elements?
  •     It provides vitamin C which promotes the excretion of fat by cells and also strengthens connective tissue, which limits orange peel skin. A small 100 g watermelon contains 10% of the daily requirement.
  •     It provides potassium which has diuretic and laxative properties. It helps to drain the body of toxins and eliminate excess water.
  •     It contains calcium that reduces the accumulation of fat in fat cells and also boosts their elimination in urine and stool.

Homemade recipe

Watermelon water can be made in no time at home.

  1.     Remove the skin and seeds from 500 g of watermelon.
  2.     Cut the meat into small cubes.
  3.     Place the watermelon cubes in the blender. Add 10 cl of water, some ice cubes. Mix.
  4.     Serve garnished with a slice of lemon and mint leaves.

The unsuspected benefits of watermelon oil

Completely trendy, vegetable oil based on watermelon seeds is a real beauty asset for our skin.

The benefits of argan oil or sweet almond oil were praised everywhere, until the coconut oil boom. But a major competitor is entering the cosmetic trends: watermelon oil. Obtained from the seeds of the refreshing summer fruit, it has significant virtues for the skin and hair.

Rich in B vitamins, magnesium and zinc, it is extremely nourishing and moisturizing. Unlike other vegetable oils, its very light texture penetrates easily. It is therefore suitable for all skin types, whether oily, combination or dry. Like a dry oil, this product does not stick. It is therefore perfect when you want to put on make-up or clothes directly after installation.

Watermelon oil is a great ally for the summer! It protects the skin from premature aging, especially sun-related skin. Revitalizing, it brings elasticity to the skin. The little something extra: it seems that it reduces the bags under the eyes!

Also, in the form of a hair mask, watermelon oil revitalizes the hair and stimulates its growth.

How to apply it? On both face and body, in the morning and/or evening. It is also very pleasant for massages (especially after sports, for lymphatic drainage or even for babies). It can be diluted in bath water due to its light weight. It is also perfect for manicure and pedicure care.

Where to find it? In organic shops or via the internet.

Tasty watermelon

If grocery stores are full of watermelons (or watermelons) during the summer, it is from the end of August that you can taste those produced in Quebec. But to choose a tasty watermelon, you need to know a few tips! Not to mention that it is beneficial to integrate it in many ways into our dishes.

Watermelon, mint and basil cocktail

A refreshing drink to serve to your guests, without alcohol!

Servings: 4

Ingredients (for 4 people)


  •     4 cups seedless watermelon, diced
  •     1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Mint and basil syrup:

  •     1/2 cup mint leaves
  •     1/2 cup basil leaves
  •     1 cup water
  •     1/2 cup honey

For the service:

  •     flavoured soda to taste, cold
  •     mint and basil leaf for garnish



Place the watermelon and lime juice in a food processor and stir until liquid.


Strain the watermelon mixture through a 9" x 13" (22.5 cm x 32.5 cm) freezer-proof dish. 


Place the dish in the freezer and let the mixture cool for about 30 minutes. Undo the mixture with a fork and put it back in the freezer for another 30 minutes. Repeat the process 3 to 4 times, or until the granite is completely frozen. 


Meanwhile, prepare the mint and basil syrup by combining mint, basil, water and honey in a small saucepan. Heat until simmering, and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring until the honey is completely dissolved. 


Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Filter in a glass jar. 


Just before serving: place a granite ball in 4 glasses. Pour 2 or 3 tablespoons of syrup over the granite, then fill the glass with cold soda. Garnish with mint and basil leaves. 


Serve with a small spoon or straw.

Watermelon and feta salad

Get plenty of sunshine and vitamins with this salad full of fraîcheur ! This recipe for Bretons en Cuisine makes a perfect start before a barbecue ! Mixed between fruit salad and Greek salad, it skilfully mixes fruit, raw vegetables and feta cheese.
Easy & cheap entry

Ingredients (for 4 people)

Préparation : 30 mn

  •          1/2 small watermelon
  •          1 ripe melon
  •          1/2 cucumber
  •          250 g de Feta
  •          1 shallot
  •          1/2 bunch of basil
  •          1 drizzle of olive oil
  •          2 yellow lemons
  •          Salt
  •          Pepper

Preparation of the recipe

1. Peel the watermelon and melon, remove the seeds and cut them into small cubes. Book.

2. Peel the cucumber, cut it in half lengthwise. Using a small spoon, remove the seeds. Cut it into small cubes.

3. Drain and dice the Feta cheese.

4. Peel and chop the shallot.

5. Remove the leaves and chop the basil.

6. In a bowl, combine the watermelon, melon, cucumber, feta cheese, zest and juice of the 2 yellow lemons, olive oil, shallot, basil.

7. Mix, season with salt and pepper. Keep in a cool place.

  • Texas A&M's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center