“Watermelon, watermelon…” Well, there’s a song about fruit salad but yeah…it has nothing to do with this. I just sing it every time I hear the word ‘watermelon’. But I didn't just hear the word ‘watermelon’. I hear ‘heaven’ for this coming summer season. Strawberry Watermelon Paradise Lemonade has really proven its name with the word ‘paradise’. Oh yes, you got it! A single try with this shake will bring you into a whole new paradise. This will not only--- “I want to make this right now! I’m going to buy all the ingredients! Tell me the directions on how to do it. I want to go and live in that paradise! How did it happen? That’s impossible! You can’t---” Stop. Before I throw watermelon at you, don’t take me literally. And we will have the ingredients and instructions on how to do it later. But first, we’ll get to know watermelons.
Watermelon is a “vine-like (scrambler and trailer) flowering plant originally from southern Africa.” Watermelon is an edible, large fruit and is actually a special kind of berry. Wow! I eat watermelon almost every day and I have no idea that it is a berry! So I've been eating berries all this time. Nice! *winks* Anyway, the usual color of this fruit’s flesh is red, right? But according to Wikipedia, watermelon has a “smooth hard rind, usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots, and a juicy, sweet interior flesh, usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white, with many seeds.” Have you tried this yellow, white and orange watermelon flesh? No? Me neither. High five!
Like I said, watermelon is said to have originated from South Africa. Alphonse de Candolle, a French-Swiss botanist, considers watermelon as indigenous in South Africa during the 19th century. Citrullus colocynthis or also known as bitter apple or bitter cucumber, is considered to be the wild ancestors of watermelon. But DNA investigations suggest that “the cultivated and wild watermelon diverged independently from a common ancestor, possibly C. ecirrhosus (also known as Namib Tsamma) from Namibia.”
This fruit have a lot of health benefits also! One of these many benefits is that it aids in weight loss. This fruit contains citrulline which is an amino acid which becomes arginine when it enters our body. “When our bodies absorb citrulline it can take the step of converting into arginine if so required. Citrulline, when consumed, has the ability to (through a series of steps) block the activity of TNAP (tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase) which makes our fat cells create less fat, and thus helps prevent over-accumulation of body fat,” says Carly Fraser in her website Live Love Fruit.
Since you can’t wait to experience this Strawberry Watermelon Paradise Lemonade, I'll stop talking so you can make your own. Right now. Now it is time for you to enjoy! The link to the recipe is found on the "DIY Cozy Home" website below.