Saturday, February 27, 2010
The thirst-quenching watermelons are on demand during summers. Though this nature's foremost fruity delight is available throughout the year, it is considered as one of the best summer fruits.
Due to increased cultivation of the fruit and less transport costs, the farmers have seen a good harvest this season and are substantially happy. This year the fruit rates have decreased and mountains of watermelons have surfaced at various fruit markets and at roadside by vendors all over the city. The cost of melons begins from Rs. 4 to Rs. 8 per kg.
“Most of the fruits come to city from KR Pet, Yedyur, Chamarajanagar, Hunsur and other surrounding places. Compared to last year, this year the rates have been reduced up to 40 per cent”, says Pasha, a vendor of Devaraja Market.
“While purchasing a whole watermelon look for heavy one and one side of the melon should have an area distinct in colour from the rest of the rind. If the fruit does not have this marking, it may have been harvested prematurely, which will affect fruits taste, texture and juiciness. So, it is important that melons are harvested when they are fully matured; once picked they do not ripen further,” says another vendor Chandrashekhar.
“Though the rates of fruits have lessened, it is still beyond the capacity of the commoner's wallet. If we go for a fruit shop to purchase a small sized watermelon, it costs around Rs. 25 to Rs. 30”, says Venkatesh, a roadside vendor.
“Being daily wage workers we can’t think of fruits. The basic essential commodities prices should come down first, especially rice which has now become a luxury among common masses, till that we don't dare to look at the fruits,” says Muniya who was accompanied with his wife Rajeshwari.
Another customer Deepak said that, “It is nature's balance that the sweetest melons and all the delectable fruits are available during this long, hot summer’s season and there is no option but to buy some fruits for the children and it is one of the best storable form of cultivated water.
Goodness of watermelon:
Controls Kidney Disorders: Water Melon contains a lot of potassium, which is very helpful in cleaning or washing off the toxic depositions in the kidneys. Being high in water content, it induces frequent urinating.
Reduces High Blood Pressure: The amount of Potassium and magnesium, present in water melons, are very good in bringing down the blood pressure.
Prevents Heat Stroke: Water melon is effective in reducing your body temperature and blood pressure. Many people in the tropical regions eat the fruit daily in the afternoon during summers to protect themselves from heat stroke.
Controls - Diabetes Asthma, atherosclerosis, Coon cancer, and arthritis : Water Melons can be a good supplement for them Diabetes patients. The various vitamins and minerals contents in the melons help in proper functioning of insulin in the body, lowering the blood sugar level.
Heart Care: The carotenoid are found in abundance in water melon, improves cardiac functions and prevents age related cardiac problems.
Protects Eyes: The vitamin-C, Lutein and Zeaxanthin will ensure protection of your eyes from macular degeneration. These anti oxidants protects your eyes from age related ailments such as drying up of eyes and optical nerves, glaucoma etc.
Impotence: Arginine, present in water melon, is beneficial in curing erectile dysfunctions.
Other Benefits: Lypocene is found to be effective in preventing cancer, prostrate growth and repair damaged tissues. Water melon seeds are rich in good fats and proteins. Water melons also contain phytonutrients which have very good effect on the health and proper functioning of internal organs, eyes, secretion system etc.
Rich in: Vitamin A, B, and C. The Red treat is rich in the anti-oxidant carotenoid – lycopene.