Xigua

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Watermelons

Interesting facts about Xigua

  • Are you aware that xigua is the Chinese word in Mandarin for watermelon? (Mandarin is one of five major regional languages of China. Mandarin is spoken by over 800 million people around the world, more than any other language.)
  • Are you aware that xigua is pronounced “shi gwah”?
  • Are you aware that China is the world’s number one producer of xigua?
  • Are you aware that in China they stir fry the rind of the xigua and eat it? (The rind is cooked with olive oil, garlic, chili peppers, scallions, sugar and rum.)
  • Are you aware that the Chinese also stew and pickle xigua rind?
  • Are you aware that xigua originated in the Kalahari Desert of Africa?
  • Are you aware that xigua were placed in the burial tombs of Egyptian Kings to nourish them in their afterlife?
Watermelon
Watermelon
  • Are you aware that xigua are part of the cucumber and squash family?
  • Are you aware that there are more than 1200 varieties of xigua?
  • Are you aware that the first xigua were primarily rind and seeds?
  • Are you aware that xigua are either round or oval in shape?
  • Are you aware that farmers in Japan grow xigua in the shape of a cube?
  • Are you aware that xigua are 92% water and 6% sugar?
  • Are you aware that people have grown xigua that are over 260 pounds?
  • Are you aware that seedless xigua were invented over 50 years ago?
Watermelon
Yellow watermelon
  • Are you aware that the white seeds often seen in seedless xigua are not mature seeds and are safe to eat? Don’t worry no seeds or xigua will grow in your stomach! (Seeds actually refer to the black ones. These are the mature ones. )
  • Are you aware that xigua grow on the ground and are attached to a vine?
  • Are you aware that xigua have a smooth exterior rind?
  • Are you aware that the outside of xigua are green with dark green stripes, or dar green?
  • Are you aware that the inside rind of the xigua is a light green or white in color?
  • Are you aware that most xigua have a red flesh?
  • Are you aware that some xigua have orange or yellow flesh?
  • Are you aware that most xigua have a sweet taste but some varieties are bitter?
  • Are you aware that xigua is eaten raw?
  • Are you aware that people use xigua to make salsa, fruit salads or a cool drink?
  • Are you aware that xigua with red flesh is rich in lycopene? (Lycopene is an antioxidant that may help reduce the risks of cancer and other diseases.)

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