Friday, July 10, 2009

Citrullus Lanatus--Summah-time Goodness and Cheap Viagra?

Citrullus Lanatus--It's 92% water, and 8% summer. Or maybe those percentages should be switched because it's so dag-gone summertime good.

At any rate, as I write this, I'm lifting chunks of dripping pink watermelon from a white bowl with a fruit-embossed border toward my mouth, which is not easy to do and type.

I feel as though Mark Twain is about to join me on the veranda. Or maybe Colonel Sanders might bring a bucket of chicken to go with the Cirtullus Lanatus on the veranda. Or maybe my ex-sister-in-law, who once ate an entire watermelon when she was pregnant, will re-appear with a wedge to share. Or not share, in her case.

Did you know that the Japanese figured out a way to grow cubes of watermelon? Sure, they're like $100 per melon, but at least they're less awkward in the fridge. And if you'd like to try to grow a cubed watermelon yourself, there are instructions on the world wide web about cultivating them in Lucite cubes.

I'm not sure if we should mess with near perfection, though. I have to say, however, that one of my quirky personality traits is that I prefer squares to circles or ovals, which is not common at all, since humans like softness and circles (like faces). But I only doodle cubes, squares, and the occasional daisy, which has a circle in the center and oval petals, true. But squares are where it's at for me. Except in the case of a $100 watermelon. Then I'll just stick with oval.

Where was I?

Oh yeah, and watermelon doesn't just taste good; it's like a giant vitamin wrapped in summer. Or "summah," as this melon is inspiring me to pronounce the season.

I mean, do you understand how good watermelon is for you? Sure, it's got a little bit of natural sugar in it, but check this out:

  • 1 c. diced or chunks = 50 calories
  • Virtually fat-free
  • Very low sodium
  • Cholesterol-free
  • A good source of vitamin A
  • High in vitamin C
  • Contains higher amounts of lycopene than tomatoes! (Lycopene is good for the heart and helps prevent prostate cancer.)
And a little known fact is that consumption may lead to a natural Viagra effect. Yep. "Citrulline" is an amino acid that reacts with the body enzymes and improves the blood supply. And it has been shown to improve the blood supply you-know-where.

Great. You know what's next, don't you? Behold the inevitable er*ectile dys*function commercial:


Mocha with Linda said...

You are seriously funny.

I love H20melon.

And I can't believe it. I have never heard anyone else talk about shapes. I always go for straight edges and corners instead of circles. That is just weird.

samurai said...

Living proof that it's "Hip to be square"! 8)

Chris said...

hah!!! thank you for starting my friday with a grin!!

Dawn said...

I love watermelon. The kids fly through it in the summer. . .but I really can imagine paying $100 to buy a couple of edges.

Dawn said...

LOL... you crack me up!

Gotta run... heading off to buy a watermelon!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

My grandpa used to put salt on his watermellon, as practice I have never folowed, but then he put pepper on his cantaloupe also.


Mel said...

great way to start my Friday!!!

Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

You forgot to remind's full of vitamin "p."

2Thinks said...

Does anyone find watermelon to cause flatulence? Because I have heard it can. If true, that paired with the benefit Lid describes here- well, I just don't know....

As for chicken- everyone is aware that if you dress up like a cow, you can get a free meal at Chick-Fil-A today, right?

Just making sure.

My ADHD Me said...

I Love watermelon. Square ones would be great....but for $100, well, I'll stick with my chiseling around the oval.

Seedless that really IS the epitome of enjoyment if you're eating it inside. Outside is another story, What's the fun of watermelon if you can't spit seeds at the ones you love.

Have a great day!

Roxanne said...


H-Mama said...

you crack me up with all of your lil' facts. :) cubed watermelon, huh? interesting... i agree, would be a better fit for the fridge.

skoots1mom said...

i shake salt on my melon...and yes, i crack the pepper on my cantaloupe...both habits from my grandmother :)
didn't know they increased bloodflow...will pass that along for future reference

Chatty Kelly said...

You are so funny, Lid. I love the photo shopped picture. Wahahaha.

Ah, Watermelon, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Susanne said...

LOL. I seriously was wanting to do a post about the square watermelons but didn't quite know where to take it. Now I never would have thought of this direction. LOL.

Can there seriously be a market out there for $100 square watermelons?

skoots1mom said...

please pray for my great niece, Katie, she just came out of heart surgery and the next 48 hours are critical, thanks!

Rose said...

I have a few older friends that can use this recipe. I will tell their wives about it. Have a great day, Rose

Ginger said...

Hi~Just dropping by from Beth at Just Me. So glad I did. I love your blog and this post. I'm a big watermelon fan...great info. I'll be back again. Have a great weekend.
Ginger :)

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

That is too funny!!! Guess maybe once that gets out, they'll be storming the grocery stores to stock up on watermelon!!!!



Brenda Susan said...

Yum more ways than one!

Tammy said...

Those Japanese people are SO darn clever! When we were over there we found fruit for outrageous prices!! Like a cantaloupe for $30. Sheesh.

Oh, and thanks for the heads up on that watermelon info. Er, perhaps I should have phrased that differently.

Smelling Coffee said...

Good to know about the watermelon - I'll remember that as we grow older. :-0

Kaye Butler said...

OMGosh I just explained the commercial Viva Viagra the other day to MM, then Taylor wanted some smooth and silky Vagasil cause she IS a woman now.

Should I ruin their watermellon days by telling them its a natural Viagra?

Abiding Branch said...

Ok lady!!! I'm reading this at a football game and totally blushing!!! That was great!!! Now I know what I'm buying at Wowmart tomorrow!!! Lol