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Monday, April 27, 2009

50. The Watermelon

We have lots of hot days this April. I was passing 'Tamu Muhibbah' and saw several men selling watermelon. I imagine myself eating some cold slices of it and so I thought might as well I buy some to take home. It would certainly be very nice to eat them on this hot day.

So I bought 3 pieces of these watermelon for Rm10.00, took them home and sliced them up and after eating some slices immediately put the rest into the refrigerator to chill.

Watermelon is another of my all-time favourite. Not only is it cooling for our body in this tropical climate, it is excellent for flushing out the kidney and bladder, taking out the waste materials.

Watermelons can be round, oblong or spherical in shape; light to dark green in color, with white mottling stripes. Its flesh are commonly bright red in color but there are also other varieties where its flesh are dark brown, orange, yellow, pink or even white.
These that I have bought were oblong in shape and the flesh were bright red in color, very sweet too. I just love eating them.

Do you know that we can make soup out of the rind of the watermelon?
Rind is the whitish green part of the watermelon, between the skin and the red flesh. Now these part of the fruit contains the highest level of quality minerals and chlorophyll, and should not be discarded.

So today, I've made these rind into soup for our lunch. Let me call it 'Watermelon Rind Soup'

To prepare,
sliced away the hard green skin of the watermelon and sliced the rind into thin slices, wash and stand to dry in a siever.

To cook,
Boil some water in a pot, throw in some anchovies, pounded red onions and garlic and 1 chilli into the boiling water. Add in the sliced rind of watermelon. Boil till soft, add salt and pepper to taste.

and walla! you have a healthy tasty rind of watermelon soup. This is best eaten hot.

Watermelon is basically very cleansing, alkalinizing, diuretic and mineralizing. It is very effective in promoting intestinal elimination, keeping the body free from toxic wastes.

Its juice is easily digestible and are completely absorbed for all its minerals, providing much needed nutrients to the body.

The alkalinizing effect maintains the acid-alkaline balance in the body, neutralizing the toxic condition of the body resulting from excessive intake of acid-forming foods.

Drawing from the rich anti-oxidant and beta-carotene, the health effects of watermelon juice are immense.

So eat more fruits especially watermelons.


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