No other fruit says summer like the subtly crunchy, thirst quenching watermelon.
Originating in Africa, this delicious pink orb was first cultivated in Egypt where testaments to its sought-after properties were recorded in hieroglyphics painted on building walls. The fruit was held in such high regard that it was placed in the tombs of many Egyptian kings. Not only great on a hot summer day, this delectable thirst-quencher is also a fantastic source of beauty nutrients for skin and may additionally help quench the inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes and arthritis. In addition to its skin hydrating properties, its sweet, juicy flesh is packed with some of the most important antioxidants in nature. It's an excellent source of Vitamin C and a very good source of Vitamin A, notably through its concentration of beta-carotene. 1 cup of watermelon flesh provides 24.3% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C and 11.1% of Vitamin A. Pink watermelon is also a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene (also abundant in tomatoes) which helps neutralise free radicals, and well as energy building and skin loving B Vitamins. But what we love even more is that due to its higher water content and low calorie content (a whole cup of watermelon contains a mere 48 calories), it delivers more nutrients per calorie than almost any other fruit - an unbeatable health benefit for our bikini days!