How to choose a watermelon?

The second half of August and September – the best time of year for combination is especially nice, very helpful. Ripe, and at every step sold watermelons! Not those that are expensive in supermarkets are imported from Spain and even from Brazil at the beginning of the summer, and our Astrakhan, Volgograd, Dagestan, and our former Central Asian watermelons. The prices are quite affordable – a hefty 10-pound watermelon costs the same as just one kilogram of any imported plums!

Green stripe and delicious: how to choose a ripe watermelon useful without nitrates.


Watermelon is very tasty, very useful, not expensive, but... no "but" can not do. Watermelon can come across immature or mixed with notorious nitrates are almost to zero to reduce the advantages of this representative of the family Cucurbitaceae. Watermelon is not a berry, as many believe. This striped fruit involves a lot of other myths, and talk about this. And advise the citizen, who saw the plantation on TV, how to avoid mistakes when choosing a luxurious dessert.

How to grow watermelons


Juice for the kings and subjects of the Watermelon really not a berry, though similar! Similar to a huge round berries with many seeds and specific sets of sugars. But no, watermelon vulgaris is the only species of the family watermelon pumpkin. And the fruit of this species is called melon, and the nearest of his relatives – namely pumpkin.

"That's what even brings watermelon with berries. In watermelon sugar is mostly represented by fructose and glucose, and our traditional "sugar" scientifically sucrose, contained in watermelons in a small amount. So watermelon can eat with diabetes – of course, within reasonable limits."

Watermelon has another, maybe the most important and useful property – juice tiquina has the highest of the available products alkalinity. Most vegetables, fruits, berries, etc. are acidic, some are neutral or slightly alkaline, but the watermelon record. There is a scientific and objective criterion – the measure of acidity, denoted by Latin letters pH. And when you change the pH by one, the acidity changes by 10 times!

"For example: the acidity of our normal tap water equal to about 5 (our water is acidic). But the more pH, the less acidity. As the acidity of watermelon juice – a record 9. Subtract 5 from 9, we get 4. This means that our ordinary water in 10 times (ten to the fourth power) sour watermelon juice! Or what is the same thing – watermelon "molochnie" tap water in 10 thousand times! Rare case."

Therefore watermelon is an excellent diuretic and useful for people suffering from diseases of the liver and kidneys, arthritis, atherosclerosis, and hypertension. There is evidence that watermelon juice dissolves even wreathy (the salt of uric acid) that cause "the disease of kings" – gout. There is a special procedure of cleansing the body with metered-dose eating watermelon pulp within a few days.

But most importantly – the watermelon is very tasty! Unless, of course, sweet, ripe and does not contain excess fertilizers and pesticides, which love to use unscrupulous melon growers to accelerate its maturation. More precisely, even not for the ripening and swelling of tiquina to the maximum size and weight, that is, for more profits. The most dangerous in watermelon are nitrates.

Harmful fertilizer"Nitrate – a salt of nitric acid, known to all as nitrate. Nitrate is sodium, formerly known as Chilean because the huge nitrate deposits were in Chile. Is potassium nitrate, and the most famous and popular ammonium nitrate. The popularity of ammonium nitrate is due not only to its excellent "fertilizer" qualities." Unfortunately, the easily accessible ammonium nitrate can produce an effective explosive, but we are now only about watermelons.

Nitrates in plants and their fruit is always there, but in minute and safe quantities. But to grow a new melon, it is necessary, and there is nothing to do, make the soil a considerable amount of fertilizers, including nitrates. If you go through in the pursuit of profit, or worse, to pricewat growing melon with a solution of nitrate, the melon of these substances will be too much and even dangerous much. More other such machinations involved in the Chinese leasing in Russia, the land for growing vegetables and watermelons. Although our native citizens do not miss the opportunity to annoy us with nitrates.

Nitrates are dangerous due to the fact that – sorry, a bit of simple chemistry in our digestive tract they are converted into nitrites (note the second). And these nitrites turn hemoglobin to methemoglobin which does not perform the essential function of hemoglobin, that is, do not supply the body with oxygen. In humans, there are symptoms of oxygen starvation. Namely, nausea, then vomiting and diarrhea. Increases and thickens the liver and painful symptoms.

"The pulse, arteriotony, breathing, a headache, noise in ears, in severe poisoning the person loses consciousness. However, this is only if nitrate was too much, and often poisoning occurs only diarrhea and lethargy."

Fortunately, in recent years, cases of serious poisoning watermelons almost was not observed. But medium and low gravity was. Lowering the nitrate content in watermelon by soaking the pulp in water is impossible, it is obvious (in the case of the cabbage – you can). It is therefore very important to choose the right watermelon from the pile that is closest to you on the street or in the market.

Choose on taste, on color and codrule watermelon must be ripe. However, the edible flesh of a watermelon protected by a dense, durable and totally opaque cortex. On the appearance and color of the pulp of watermelon maturity previously determined, making it a triangular cutout and showing to the buyer a cut. But now it is forbidden, and rightly so – the crust can be a dirty knife from the seller too dirty of hands and say nothing. You have to use other methods.

It is generally believed that when tapping on a ripe watermelon it should make a sort of ringing sound. Yes, it's very common. Unfortunately, it happens and Vice versa! So this popular method to use is useless. Not very efficient and its tail, which should be dry ripe watermelon. Yes, it's optional, but the watermelon could not ripen on the vine, and then his tail will also be dry, but watermelon is of poor quality.

"But another traditional method of determining ripeness reliable: squeeze watermelon arms – ripe should make a cod. In addition, on the side must be spot from a long (long needed!) lying on the ground, preferably yellow."

Women can test the quality of watermelon for its beautiful nails – if you scratch the peel of a ripe watermelon is easy to remove thin peel.

"Unfortunately, the ripeness of watermelon is a necessary condition for the absence of nitrates, but it is insufficient. Of course, cutting the melon, to check this we can use indicator paper strips or a nitrate-tester, but it is not cheap. Although if we are talking about the health of the child, it is worth to spend money."

Taste to determine the content of nitrates is impossible, tangy flavor nitrate occurs only when very high concentrations, where the watermelons still does not happen. They are very well visible color of the flesh and the kinds of seeds. So, if your watermelon has been properly selected, that is ripe, the color of flesh is bright red, but the taste of watermelon is not very sweet and light seeds is very suspicious! In good flesh should be bright red and very sweet, and dark seeds. That's when excess nitrates, probably not. Congratulations, you have won, eat health – in the most literal sense of the word.

Japanese watermelons cubic shape


Almost forgot. The Japanese have watermelons almost cubic shape is exotic and convenient for transportation. In fact, breeding wasn't just a newborn melon is placed in a cubic cell, where it grows into a cube with rounded vertices. No advantage in terms of taste and usefulness of these watermelons is not, but in the sense of blowing dust in my eyes – very much, because a watermelon at the supermarket require crazy money.published


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