It is a trailing fleshy vine of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), native to tropical Asia but grown in many warm countries for its edible fruit. It has solitary yellow flowers 7.5 to 10 centimetres (3 to 4 inches). wide; hairy oval leaves that are heart shaped at the base and a melon-shaped or cucumber shaped fruit 20 to 38 centimetres (8 to 15 inches) long. Each green fruit has whitish waxy covering and contains fat, white seeds about half inch long.
Water-melon juice is a very favourite and refreshing drink in hot summer months. It subsides pitta, keeps the body cool and calm. It prevents sunstroke and heat-stroke. It is a tonic, digestive and rejuvenative.
Benefit and uses of Water-melon.
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