Originally native to Africa, the water-melon plant is now widely grown throughout temperate, sub-tropical and tropical regions of the world.

The plant, which is a member of the CUCUMBER family, produces a fruit which is either round or oblong, and about 10-inches in diameter. The smooth green

Refreshing Watermelon and Banana Salad makes an ideal summer dessert. skin encloses white, yellow or red-coloured flesh, in which seeds are embedded.

Watermelon flesh, which has an attractive aroma and is sweet and juicy to taste, is eaten either raw, sprinkled with ground ginger or made into preserves. The rind may be pickled and the seeds, after being roasted and salted, can be eaten as a snack.

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