Melon – sweet fruit
Melon is a sweet fruit. It has a fragrant, juicy inside that is usually eaten fresh. Melons are a good source of vitamins A and C. They are related to gourds, cucumbers, pumpkins, and squashes.
Melons originally grew in central Asia. In the Middle Ages melon was imported to Europe and America. Today people grow them in warm areas throughout the world.
Melons are healthy and tasty fruits. Melon plants are vines that are 2.1 to 2.4 meters long. The leaves are large and usually rounded. The flowers are yellow and bell shaped. The fruits differ in size, shape, color, and flavor. People dry melon seeds and eat them as snacks and use in cooking.
The Day of Turkmen Melon is celebrated in Turkmenistan every year.
The melon contains vitamins A, P, C, carotene, folic and ascorbic acid, fats, iron salts, potassium, sodium, fiber and sugar.
Dried melons are often made in Uzbekistan.
In Japan, a melon is given as an expensive gift.
Melon cleanses the gastrointestinal tract and urinary system. It helps to remove bile and cholesterol from the body. It also cleanses the pores of the skin. Melon pulp soothes the nervous system and therefore it is used by people who suffer from depressive disorders. The great doctor Avicenna treated his patients with melon seeds. The high iron content makes melon an indispensable remedy for anemia and atherosclerosis. Those who suffer from diabetes, peptic ulcer, intestinal disorders, dysentery, shouldn’t eat melon.
The length of the fruit can reach 2 m, and the weight sometimes reaches 20 kg.
King of France Henry VI sentenced a melon for an attack of stomach upset caused by excessive use of it during one of the meals. However, later this story was forgotten and people began to eat melon again.
The Roman Emperor Claudius ate a dozen melons for breakfast and did not complain about the stomach.