This fruit, king of color and form, one of the most used also in the art of carving is celebrated in famous paintings by great masters such as Caravaggío or Matisse. Since ancient times it has had the privilege of being called by multiple names: watermelon and watermelon are the most popular. Comero derives from the Latin “citrullus vulgaris”, while watermelon from the Greek “angurion”, names with a different origin but with the same meaning: cucumber.
The watermelon has always identified the cheerful conviviality. According to a legend, due to its ball shape, it was one of the first game tools of the gods.
Originally from tropical Africa, it is reported in the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt five thousand years ago. According to Egyptian religion, the watermelon, being born from the seed of the god Seth, divinity of the desert and the dead, was often placed in the tombs of the pharaohs as a form of sustenance for the afterlife. The nobles offered it to visiting guests as a refreshment from fatigue and thirst.
Watermelon is written in the Bible, where it is written, that the Jews in the Sinai desert regretted the watermelons eaten in Egypt. Watermelon was introduced to Europe, probably by the Arabs, after the 12th century.
This product of the earth prefers the temperate-warm climate, and to give good results, it wants warmth, light and plenty of water. What characterizes the plant are its leaves and the high number of fruits produced: up to one hundred. There are a few dozen different types of watermelons, different in shape, size and color, from the peel and the crunchy pulp.
Its most widespread quality is the Crimson Sweet which is round and mostly elongated, light green in color alternating with dark green stripes. Another quality is the unmistakable Sugar Baby, as it is small, round and dark green in color.
Today in the “world of watermelon” there are new trends that constitute real fashions: first of all, there is an increase in the production of mini watermelons, easier to transport, less bulky and faster to consume; secondly, watermelon is increasingly used in cosmetics for its refreshing effects.
The fruit has an interior rich in water, sweet, and is very sugary. In fact, in addition to providing a sufficient quantity of sugars, and given the high percentage of water, it can replace, at least for a good part, a daily meal, it also brings with it a large quantity of vitamins A and C.
Watermelon is recommended to eat it alone and away from main meals, never mixed with other foods, much less at the end of a rich lunch, because it would become indigestible.
To understand if a watermelon is ripe, at the right point, you have to embrace the fruit and bring it closer to the ear and striking the external surface with your fist you should hear harmonious and deep strokes that experts say are similar to those of a cello.