Citrullus lanatus

Fruit of a creeping plant of African origin, watermelon is a far relative of melons. One bite and the red, crunchy pulp releases its delicate aroma and sweet taste. Refreshing and with a high volume of water, it is perfect for juices. It can also be used to prepare ice creams, jams, mousses and salads, among other things. Both the pulp and the rind can be used in confectionery. Grown in all regions of Brazil except North, watermelon is a good source of potassium, fiber, lycopene and vitamins A, B6 and C. It is low calories and can be beneficial to people suffering from vascular conditions and hypertension. It is harvested from September to April.