Viva Watermelon! Apples of Love Abound. Who Needs Viagra?

Nature’s viagra? Maybe.

As if the news of geometric fruit weren’t exciting enough…

Turns out this miracle fruit may be the next resveratrol. You remember that thing in red wine that was supposed to be so good for us? Turns out it’s good for mice who ingested it, in quantities that would kill our livers before they protected our prostates.

Rind Will Make You Randy- Or Will It?

As with that “scientific discovery” (as reported by lame local news) this one should be greeted with some skepticism. To read a more balanced reporting of the watermelon news, see here in The Science Daily.

The good news is that Lycopene has a new champion. Move over tomatoes, hail the watermelon. That’s right; in addition to the citrulline – arginine

“…Almost 92 percent of watermelon is water, but the remaining 8 percent is loaded with lycopene, an anti-oxidant that protects the human heart, prostate and skin health.

“Lycopene, which is also found in red grapefruit, was historically thought to exist only in tomatoes,” he said. “But now we know that it’s found in higher concentrations in red watermelon varieties.”

As I try to tell my skinny friends and family, a little fat is a good thing. The nutrients that are so heart-protective need oil to become bio-available. A little easier sell with the runner up tomatoes, but let’s see some creative salads with melon.

And remember, the rinds make wonderful pickles.

Apples of Love – Heirloom Tomatoes

Don’t forget – the one and only Tomatofest is this September 14th at the gorgeous Quail Lodge Resort. Gary Ibsen (read his bio, here) the founder of the heirloom festival, is retiring after 17 years. Top chefs, foodies and gardeners will turn out to sample food, wine, and heirloom tomatoes of all varieties.

Read some tomato love stories here, and find out more about this wonderful celebration of my favorite: Apples of Love.

Mark your calendars for this terrific event.

~ by jacqueline1230 on July 17, 2008.

One Response to “Viva Watermelon! Apples of Love Abound. Who Needs Viagra?”

  1. I love this watermelon jag you’re on. I once read a recipe which included watermelon and wasabi, in what proportions I have no idea … or where I read it or what else was involved. Or maybe it was ginger. Or hot sauce, I forget. According to the NYTimes, watermelon is more nutritious served warm (http://tinyurl.com/6236hg).

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