From the lands of the East came theyellow watermelon which is a botanical graft obtained by the Japanese in a natural way, non-GMO, which allowed the birth of this yellow variety of watermelon with small dimensions.
The yellow watermelon is known as coco-pineapple or Japanese watermelon precisely because of its Asian origins.
The flavor of the yellow watermelon is much appreciated for its delicacy in comparison with the traditional watermelon; there pulp is crunchy and also recalls the sweetness of mango with a veiled taste of pineapple and prickly pear which make it even more sought after.
These exotic fragrances make yellow watermelon a real delicacy increasingly appreciated by lovers of this summer fruit.
Composition and properties of yellow watermelon
Its composition varies compared to the traditional watermelon: the water content is higher up to over 95% and therefore the yellow watermelon is much more thirst-quenching and refreshing.
Its yellow color is given by the presence of beta-carotene and other pigments that are precursors of vitamins such as vitamin A, essential for the functioning of the retina and sight, serves for the development of bones, for the differentiation of tissues, is a antioxidant very potent and is a cofactor of several enzymes. Plus Vitamin A helps protect skin from aging, keeps it healthy as well as strengthens the hair and mucous membranes of the whole body.
The red color of the traditional watermelon instead is given by another pigment called lycopene which obviously is not present in the yellow watermelon, while it is still rich in Vitamin C, fat-free and low-calorie.
As a mineral composition it is rich in potassium, a natural antibacterial and support in problems concerning body fluids and the distribution of liquids in the body.
In conclusion the yellow watermelon has moisturizing, refreshing and purifying properties even better than the traditional red watermelon and can thus become part of the summer diet precisely for these healthy and organoleptic characteristics.
Where we find the yellow watermelon
Currently this yellow watermelon was imported and also grown in the country where it has found an environment suitable for its growth and is thus produced in our southern lands.
In particular the Basilicata and Sicily they are producers of it and the lands where it is most renowned are in the Agrigento area of Aragona.
Another good production of yellow watermelon is found in Lazio within the Agro Pontino area. These homegrown crops are of excellent quality and have now found in local farmers' markets their greater sale to the public, even if they are slowly arriving on the supermarket counters of the largest organized chains.
The availability of this yellow watermelon also sees some small ones productions family which derive from garden enthusiasts especially when orthomania leads to the search for particular and more extravagant varieties. So let's get to know better how yellow watermelon is made and how we can grow it.
Yellow watermelon, differences and cultivation
The yellow watermelon differs from the traditional red watermelon as well as for its composition and color also for its direduced size and thinner skin. Its weight can be indicatively of a few kilograms up to a maximum of ten kilos.
Its peel is slightly spotted and we can find two types of yellow watermelon, one with a striped green color and the other instead is dotted with spots similar to a crescent.
Its cultivation sees as the first point sowing from February to March in seedbed safe or in the open field from April to May.
In case we want to buy the seedlings from some specialized nursery or agrarian, then this operation can always take place in the open field from late spring; if instead we want to start from sow the availability of this variety of yellow watermelon is easier in the online sites more stocked with green products and for enthusiasts.
Once grown in the seedbed, these seedlings will have to be transplanted outdoors and this will be possible only after the seedlings are a minimum of 10 centimeters and have developed at least 2 stages of leaves. When watermelon plants have been planted and grown in size, the strongest branches are usually cut and kept with flowers spaced far enough apart to produce future watermelons.
La collection will take place from from June to the end of August. To recognize the moment of collection, look at the petiole that unites the plant to the fruit is drying up and that at the touch of the hands the sound of the watermelon is beautifully full, which denotes optimal ripeness. It will then be sufficient to keep the yellow watermelons in a cool place and then enjoy them as desired.
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