Fruit Spotlight: Watermelons

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History

The Watermelon War

The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered
Published on Jun 10, 2017

The History Guy remembers the war over a slice of watermelon. It is history that deserves to be remembered.

The History Guy uses images that are in the Public Domain. As photographs of actual events are often not available, I will sometimes use photographs of similar events or objects for illustration.

There is an interesting analysis of Ran Runnels and the Isthmus Guard here:

10 Fascinating Facts About Watermelons – YouTube

Watermelon Varieties – Common Types and Their Tastes whataboutwatermelon.com
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Watermelon Varieties – Common Types and Their Tastes

watermelon-varietiesA Watermelon is a Watermelon, Right?

Did you know that there are hundreds of different watermelon varieties enjoyed daily.

When picking a watermelon from your local fruit and vegetable market the only decision you will need to make is the size. Many small markets only offer one type of watermelon. This has led us to believe that there is only one type although just like apples, watermelons come in a number of varieties.

Globally 200 to 300 different varieties of watermelon are accounted for although only 50 of these are enjoyed regularly. Of the 300 varieties it is no surprise that the most loved are on the sweeter side of the scale…

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Watermelon Varieties – Common Types and Their Tastes

watermelon-varietiesA Watermelon is a Watermelon, Right?

Did you know that there are hundreds of different watermelon varieties enjoyed daily.

When picking a watermelon from your local fruit and vegetable market the only decision you will need to make is the size. Many small markets only offer one type of watermelon. This has led us to believe that there is only one type although just like apples, watermelons come in a number of varieties.

Globally 200 to 300 different varieties of watermelon are accounted for although only 50 of these are enjoyed regularly. Of the 300 varieties it is no surprise that the most loved are on the sweeter side of the scale.

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1 Differentiating Between Watermelons
1.1 A Seeded watermelon –
1.2 A Seedless Watermelon –
1.3 A Miniature Watermelon –
1.4 An Orange or Yellow Watermelon –
2 Cousins of the Watermelon
3 Watermelon Dictionary – 26 Varieties of Watermelon
3.1 Amarillo Watermelons
3.2 Bijou Watermelons
3.3 Black Diamond Watermelons
3.4 Calsweet (Bush) Watermelons
3.5 Captivation Watermelons
3.6 Charleston Grey Watermelons
3.7 Crimson Sweet Watermelons
3.8 Estrella Watermelons
3.9 Exclamation Watermelons
3.10 Excursion Watermelons
3.11 Fascination Watermelons
3.12 Harvest Moon Watermelons
3.13 Jamboree Watermelons
3.14 Jubilee Watermelons
3.15 Kingman Watermelons
3.16 Melody Watermelons
3.17 Moon and Stars (Red) Watermelon
3.18 Sangria Watermelons
3.19 Sugar Baby Watermelons (Garden Baby)
3.20 Sweet Dawn Watermelons
3.21 Sweet Gem Watermelons
3.22 Sweet Polly Watermelon
3.23 Syngenta Watermelon
3.24 Traveler Watermelon
3.25 Triple Treat Watermelon
3.26 Yellow Doll/Baby Watermelon
Differentiating Between Watermelons
We tend to use five different terms to differentiate between watermelon varieties. These five terms refer to the characteristics of the melon rather than the direct variety. This allows us to combine multiple watermelon varieties under one category. The five terms used to describe watermelons are:

A Seeded watermelon –
Used to describe a basic watermelon that is round or oblong and weighs between 15 t0 45 pounds. These watermelons contains noticeable black seeds.

A Seedless Watermelon –
Hybrid watermelons that are the most popular due to their seedless nature. These watermelons are generally around the 15 pound mark. Seedless watermelons often have small and easily edible white seeds.

Some varieties of watermelon that fall into this category include:

Crimson
Bijou
Jack of Hearts
King of Hearts
Millionaire
Nova
Queen of Hearts
Trio
A Miniature Watermelon –
The smaller variety of watermelons that has a thin rind.

Watermelon varieties such as the Sugar Baby and the Tiger Baby fall under this category.

An Orange or Yellow Watermelon –
Varieties of watermelon that lack lycopene often fall under the orange or yellow watermelon category.

Some watermelon varieties that fall under this category include:

Desert King
Tender-gold
Yellow Baby
Yellow Doll..”

“…Amarillo Watermelons..”

Yellow Watermelon Taste Test. / Mikayla Watermelon … – YouTube

Square watermelons Japan. English version – YouTube

Growing

How to Grow Watermelon – YouTube

Watermelon Types for Short Growing Season, Short Space – YouTube

CaliKim29 Garden & Home DIY
Published on May 20, 2014
Want to grow watermelon but have a short growing season or are short on space? Here are two varieties of watermelons that will work for you!

Watermelon Growing. How to plant, grow and harvest … – YouTube

Picking

How Do You Know When Watermelons Are Ripe? – YouTube

HOW TO PICK A PERFECT WATERMELON! – YouTube

Cutting

Awesome Way to Cut Watermelon – YouTube

9 WATERMELON HACKS AND WAYS TO CUT from Mr … – YouTube

How to Cut and Seed Melons – YouTube

Health Benefits

Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Watermelon | Amazing … – YouTube

Diabetes – Watermelon Board watermelon.org
‘…Watermelon is a great inclusion in the diabetic diet. It is a source of vitamins, such as vitamins A and C; minerals, such as potassium; and fiber. It’s low in calories, since 92% of watermelon is just good-for-you water, so it’s a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth without overindulging in excess sugar and calories.

Granted, watermelon has a high glycemic index (GI) score of 72, but this natural, unprocessed fruit remains a healthful food because of another factor called the “glycemic load.” This factor compares a food’s GI score with the amount of calories and carbs in the food,. The glycemic load is a much better indicator of a food’s ability to prevent or contribute to disease, since a food that has a large amount of carbs AND dramatically raises blood sugar levels obviously increases the chances of weight gain more than a food that might temporarily raise blood sugar levels, but has few calories. For example, a potato has a high glycemic score and it packs a bunch of carbs, while watermelon has a high GI score, but few calories or carbs. The former will increase the chances of those extra calories being funneled into fat cells, but watermelon just fills you up, without filling you out. (Ever hear of anyone getting fat on watermelon? Not!)..”

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Watermelon – The World’s Healthiest Foods whfoods.com

“..These cyclists were participating in 15.5-mile time trial on a mountainous course and they consumed about one quart of watermelon puree every 15 minutes while riding in the trial. (A control group of riders consumed a sports beverage containing a similar level of total carbs.) The researchers determined that the antioxidant capacity in the riders’ bloodstreams was significantly increased post-exercise through consumption of the watermelon puree. ..

between 3–6 cups of watermelon juice per day over a period of several weeks. What the researchers found was a steady and well-maintained level of citrulline in the bloodstream of the participants, yet an increased level of arginine. They concluded from these findings that citrulline from the watermelon juice had undergone conversion into arginine, while still leaving plenty of citrulline to stabilize blood levels in the study participants. This conversion provides us with even more evidence for watermelon as a fruit that can lower our risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes since arginine deficiency—especially chronic moderate or temporarily serve deficiency—has been linked to increase risk of both health problems. ..”

Health Benefits of Watermelon – YouTube

Watermelon Has Plenty of Health Benefits

Health Alert: Watermelon could be summer super-food post … – YouTube

Fruit Break – Nutritional Benefits Of Water Melon – Tips For … – YouTube

Health benefits of Watermelon that make it Perfect Summer Fruit

Healthy eating – 5 Amazing Health Benefits Of Watermelon Seeds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf5QImeeQ2Q
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Watermelon Island! (Watermelon DETOX)
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Fruit Spotlight: Bananas

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History

How Bananas Changed the World

See around 11 minute mark , which explains the crisis in Central America (Honduras)

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UNITED FRUIT COMPANY 1940s BANANA PRODUCTION FILM 71222

Nutrition

11 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Bananas healthline.com
“..Aside from being very nutritious, they are also a highly convenient snack food.

Here are 11 science-based health benefits of bananas…”

16 Surprising Benefits of Banana by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated – April 27, 2019 organicfacts.net
“..Banana has many amazing health benefits, which include the following:..”

Top 10 Health Benefits of Bananas – YouTube

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Benefits and health risks of bananas Last updated Tue 28 November 2017 medicalnewstoday.com
“.. Fast facts about bananas

Bananas are rich in potassium and fiber.
They may help prevent asthma, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and digestive problems.
Ripen bananas at room temperature and add them to cereal for a tasty breakfast.
People who use beta blockers should not suddenly increase their intake of bananas.
..”

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-On and In Pancakes

-Desserts


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Drinks: Spotlight-Root Beer

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Healthiest

A tasting of nine “natural” root beers yields surprising results By Lou Bendrick on Jul 15, 2009 grist.org
“..Today, your beverage aisle might showcase retro, handcrafted “root sodas” with exotic spices, certified organic root beers, a green-tea root beer, and a diet root beer spiked with an eco-sounding plant-based sweetener. You might even be able to find a local root beer with an ostensibly lighter carbon footprint. OK, so what’s a green-minded, confused consumer like you to do, short of licking your cracked lips, throwing up your hands, and heading to the nearest vending machine?..

Maine Root
Ingredients: Carbonated pure water, organic fair trade–certified cane juice and spices (according to the website, the company uses extracts of wintergreen, clove, and anise).
Eco-claim: Organic fair trade–certified cane juice (though not USDA organic certified). Also, if you happen to live near Portland, Maine, you can take a small comfort in knowing that this root beer will be delivered via a biodiesel VW Jetta.
Price: $7.16 / four-pack of glass bottles..

…The bottom line: Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Brand root beer tastes great and doesn’t contain HFCS. It may not be earnestly green, handcrafted, exotic, or zero-cal, but its low price means that you might be able to afford to top if off with a big dollop of really yummy organic vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!”

8 Natural Sodas That Are Way Healthier Than Cola By Emily Main January 14, 2016 rodalesorganiclife.com
Satisfy your sweet tooth with fizzy beverages made from real fruit and sweeteners.

“…
Virgil’s Root Beer

PHOTOGRAPH COURTSEY OF REED’S

Also from the purists at Reed’s, Virgil’s Root Beer is root beer made the way nature intended, by brewing a combination of herbs and spices naturally, rather than concocting a chemistry experiment of artificial flavorings, dyes, and additives. The ingredients list reads like the gatherings of a world traveler–anise from Spain, vanilla from Madagascar, molasses from the U.S., and balsam oil from Peru–and will get you off that artificial canned stuff forever. However, good as it is, this soda won’t win you any favors with your waistline. At 160 calories per serving and 42 grams of sugar, make it a weekly indulgence…”

“…
Blue Sky

Flavor: Creamy Root Beer

When it comes to making all-natural soda, this isn’t a new trend for the folks at Blue Sky Soda. Since 1980, the California-based company has been swapping stevia into their beverages, and without preservatives or artificial colors.

(Prices vary, blueskysoda.com)

..”

Ridiculously Easy Low Carb Root Beer Float asweetlife.org
“..And these days, there are plenty of “diet” root beers to choose from, many of which are made with healthier, all-natural sweeteners. So raise a frosty glass of low carb root beer float, because it won’t raise your blood sugar…’

Diabetics-Sugar Content Awareness
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Is Diet Soda Safe for Diabetes? healthline.com
“Managing blood sugar levels is an everyday goal for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. While eating sugar doesn’t cause either type of diabetes, keeping tabs on carbohydrate and sugar intake is an important part of managing both types of diabetes. Eating healthfully can also reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes…

Drinking sugary drinks is also a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. If you are working to keep your blood sugar in check or manage your weight, you might choose diet soda. Low in calories and sugar, diet sodas appear to be a good alternative to sugary drinks. Diet coke and A&W’s diet root beer, for example, claim to be entirely sugar-free. Unfortunately, even though they contain no actual sugar, they are loaded with artificial sweeteners and other unhealthy additives. …”

In the experiment, researchers discovered that artificial sweeteners can trigger sweet receptors in the stomach. This leads to an increase in insulin and lowered blood sugar. The stomach was essentially treating the artificial sweetener like real sugar, causing a spike in insulin. Researchers found this concerning but also said the spike in insulin wouldn’t likely cause clinical hypoglycemia, a risk for people on certain diabetes medications….”

Regular Overall

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12 Root Beers, Ranked Will Gordon 1/27/16 1:18pm adequateman.deadspin.com

“..1. 365 Everyday Value Root Beer

And herein lies the danger of the blind taste-test: Sometimes eliminating bias leads to exposing yourself as the sort of cheap pig who shills for the Whole Foods house brand. But here we are, and I can’t deny that the 365 uses cane sugar and “natural root beer flavor” to produce a smooth and almost subtle root beer with vanilla and sweet spice flavors that will complement, rather than debase or overwhelm, your rum and ice cream…”

The Best Root Beer: Our Taste Test Results
Kitchen Daily 03/30/2012 01:53 pm ET Updated Feb 15, 2013 huffingtonpost.com
“..Before you read the taste test results, let’s find out what exactly makes root beer taste like root beer. Here’s a list of the key flavors:

Anise: Imparts a licorice flavor.
Sarsaparilla: When soda production began in the last 1800s, sarsaparilla claimed to have health-giving properties. The root lends a very bitter flavor.
Birch oil: Made from the sap of birch trees, it gives a flavor similar to teaberry.
Wintergreen: Just what you’re probably thinking of — the minty flavor often found in chewing gum.
Sassafras: Coming from the sassafras tree, this imparts a deep, bitter flavor.
Vanilla extract (Bourbon or Tahitian): This gives root beer its distinctive creaminess.

Click through the slideshow below to see the results of our taste test…

#1: A&W
Comments: “Solid. The Tom Petty of root beers.” “Classic, creamy and smooth. I’d drink a lot of this.” “Nice and light, with a slight hint of root beer.” Ingredients: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup (yikes!), caramel color, sodium benzoate (preservative), natural and artificial flavors, quillaia extract.
(Joseph Erdos/Kitchen Daily)

#12: Virgil’s
Comments: “This tastes like a Good & Plenty. That’s the worst thing I can say about food.” “Anise!!!” “Awful. Tastes like cough syrup.” “Distinctively licorice-y. Unusual, but okay.” “Very nice hint of licorice.” Ingredients: Carbonated water, unbleached cane syrup, anise, licorice, vanilla (bourbon), cinnamon, clove, wintergreen, sweet birch, molasses nutmeg, pimento berry oil, balsam oil and oil of cassia.

Top Ten Best Root Beers thetoptens.com
“..IBC is by far my favorite root beer. I started drinking it about 10 years ago. Initially it was raised letters on the bottle that attracted me to give it a try. Now I have my local store order it by the case. I mostly drink diet root beer as I feel regular root beers are too sweet and creamy (go figure). IBC has a great balance of flavors with a strong bite. If I had to break it down I would say anise, molasses and vanilla. Unfortunately they’ve gone from 6 pack to 4 pack. One benefit was going from corn syrup to real sugar, but as for the diet they’ve said at IBC they’ve made no change. I can taste a change, it is a little more mild than the previous version. One question for IBC, if they’ve made no change to the diet version then why are the sodium numbers on the back lower than the 6 pack version of the IBC Diet? It is still my favorite with Boylan diet being second. I know lots of people say Virgil’s is has the best flavor with its dominant nutmeg. Although I do agree it has a …more..”

Top 10 Best Root Beers – YouTube

These Are The Healthiest And Least Healthiest Soda You Can Drink! October 22, 2015 10:13 AM cbslocal.com

“…Unhealthiest:

Here are the ten LEAST-healthy sodas . . .

1. Grape-flavored Fanta. One can has 180 calories!

2. Stewart’s Black Cherry Wishniak.

3. Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry Soda.

4. A&W Cream Soda.

5. Mug Cream Soda.

6. A&W Root Beer.

7. It’s a tie between Mountain Dew and Mountain Dew Code Red.

8. Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda.

9. Dr. Brown’s Root Beer.

10. Surge, which was gone for over a decade until Coca-Cola started selling it again last year…’

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*sell Killebrew Root Beer | The Killebrew Story killebrewrootbeer.com
“..Ingredients:pure natural spring water, high fructose corn sweetener, pure minnesota honey, carmel color, natural & artificial flavors and citric acid..”rootbeerbarrel.com

Non-Alcoholic Brewed Fresh!

Driftwood Draft Root Beer fitgersbrewhouse.com
brews, Growler, On Tap
“We brew this truly old fashioned soda one small batch at a time with pure Lake Superior Water. This Root Beer has the rich, creamy flavor that only comes from using pure Wisconsin honey direct from the combs. The dark, honeyed brew will build a delicious, frothy head when poured.”

1919 Classic American Draft Root Beer 1919rootbeer.com

“..The name 1919 Classic American Draft Root Beer signifies the year when hundreds of breweries were faced with the prospect of closing because of Prohibition (1919-1933).

In order to keep their breweries open, several resourceful Brewmasters chose to make near beer, elixirs, and sodas! This practice was continued only until Prohibition was repealed, and breweries went back to making beer.

1919 is brewed in small batches with only the finest ingredients…real granulated sugar ~ the sweetener of choice during the prohibition era ~ and real vanilla. Our unique recipe and these choice ingredients make 1919 the creamiest, full bodied, draft root beer available. In addition, 1919 is alcohol-free and contains no corn syrup, gluten, or caffeine.
..

Question: Does 1919 contain corn syrup? My child is allergic to corn syrup.

1919 Classic American Draft Root Beer contains NO corn syrup.

Approximately 98% of sodas are made with corn syrup, which is much easier to use and less expensive than granulated sugar. Corn syrup was not developed until the 1970’s and true to our name and the era 1919 represents, we continue to use granulated sugar. Sugar is what gives 1919 the depth and consistency that is unique in the industry. It also makes 1919 taste so good!..”

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American Food: Spotlight-Salisbury Steak

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Salisbury Steak – YouTube

Crockpot Salisbury Steak Recipe (10 Minutes of Prep!) draxe.com
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Homestyle Salisbury Steak
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Banquet Salisbury Steak (frozen with gravy)
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“..
Food Group: Dishes & Prepared Food
Calories Per Serving: 180 cals
Serving Size: 1 each (128g)
Nutrient Score: B-…

Salisbury Steak (frozen patty, with gravy)

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Asian: Desserts-Bubble Tea

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The History of Bubble Tea bubbleteasupply.com
“…Just like in Taiwan, Bubble Tea shops are popping up all over the world. One Taiwan based company has over 450 locations while in the Philippines another person owns over 100 within 1.5 years. bubble tea shop

The U.S. is also now feeling the growth. Hundreds of locations serve Bubble Tea in California alone. You may be wondering, “What is Bubble Tea and how did this all begin”?
Bubble Tea originated in Taiwan in the early 1980’s at a small tea stand.

Elementary school children would look forward to buying a cup of refreshing tea after a long, hard day of work and play. Tea stands were set up in front of the schools and would compete for business with the best selling tea. One concession owner became popular with her tea when she started adding different fruit flavoring to her tea. Because of the sweet and cool taste, children loved the taste. Soon, other concessions heard about the “unique” and popular tea, so they started to add flavoring to their teas. When adding flavor, the tea and flavoring needed to be shaken well for a good all around taste. This formed bubbles in the drink, which came to be known as “Bubble Tea.”

In 1983 Liu Han-Chieh in…”

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