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The Orange watermelon has a light green rind with darker green stripes running the length of the melon. Its bright orange-colored flesh has a crisp, juicy texture and a flavor which can vary from mildly sweet to super sweet depending upon variety. Like red fleshed watermelons the orange-fleshed variety can be seedless or contain a combination of white, brown and/or black seeds. The flesh of seedless varieties may be prone to a condition called hollow heart where the flesh naturally cracks and separates within the melon. Orange watermelons are round to oblong in shape and depending on variety can vary between ten and thirty pounds in weight. Choosing a great watermelon can be difficult, look for those heavy for their size with a symmetrical shape.
Orange watermelon have sporadic availability in late spring and the early summer months.
A member of the Cucurbitaceae family, Orange watermelon is botanically known as Citrullus lanatus. The Orange watermelon can also be found marketed under a variety of different names such as Orangeglo, Orange Crisp, Orange Tendersweet, Orange Krush, Orange Sunshine, Desert King, Honeyheart and OrangeGlow.
Two cups of diced pieces of watermelon provides carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and about 80 calories. Additionally, orange-fleshed melons are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and beta-carotene. Ninety-two percent water, watermelon also contains potassium making it an ideal healthy treat in hot weather replenishing lost body fluids, especially during exercise.
Orange watermelon may be substituted for Red watermelon or any other sweet, breakfast melon in fresh or juicing preparations. Use the juice in cocktails, syrups and frozen desserts. Cubed watermelon flesh pairs well with arugula, feta or goat's cheeses, fresh herbs, citrus, olive oil, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic and onions. Use the flesh in cold soups, jams, green salads or fruit salads, or pickle the rind. Orange watermelon will keep up two weeks in the refrigerator.
Some farmers in the mid-western United States say that a good indicator of a watermelons ripeness is to look for the presence of something known as "flea specks". The tiny black flecks are not from fleas but rather are a type of mold that grows on the exterior of the watermelon underside when the sugar content has reached its peak.
Watermelon dates back thousands of years to ancient Africa where it grew wild, thriving in the tropical and subtropical regions. Texts written by European botanists have been found that depict images and descriptions of watermelons of various shapes and sizes as well as varying flesh colors of red, white, yellow and orange.
Recipes that include Orange Watermelon. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Cafe Liz||Watermelon with Arak and Basil|
|Greg Cooks||Spicy Watermelon Soup|
|Healthy Seasonal Recipes||Melon Mint Salad|
|We are not Martha||Grilled Watermelon Salad|
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