The major melon types produced in Australia are rockmelons, honeydew melons and watermelons. Melons are grown across most states and territories within Australia. Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and New South Wales are major producers of melons with Victoria and South Australia producing lower but still significant volumes.
- Watermelon has a high water content. This makes it hydrating and helps you feel full.
- Watermelon is a low-calorie fruit high in some nutrients, especially carotenoids, vitamin C and cucurbitacin E.
- Some compounds in watermelon, including cucurbitacin E and lycopene, have been studied for their potential to prevent cancer, though study results are mixed.
- Watermelon has several heart-healthy components, including lycopene, citrulline and other vitamins and minerals.
- Lycopene and vitamin C are anti-inflammatory antioxidants found in watermelon. Inflammation is linked to many chronic diseases.
- Watermelon juice has some potential as a recovery beverage after exercise. Citrulline may be partially responsible for its effect of easing muscle soreness.
- Several nutrients in watermelon are good for your hair and skin. Some help keep skin supple while others protect against sunburn.
- Fiber and water are important for healthy digestion. Watermelon contains both.