the world of fruit encyclopedia
Watermelon… peculiar things that they are, we can’t help but laugh at the pic of the cat with a watermelon on its head.
- The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
- Its actually a vegetable, related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash
- A watermelon was thrown at a Roman Governor during a political debate. Placing the watermelon on his head, he thanked the thrower for providing him with a helmet to wear as he fought Philip of Macedonia
- In China and Japan, watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host
- You can buy square shaped watermelons in Japan! How? They’re grown in a box. It makes them a lot easier to store too.
- Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds!
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Why it’s good for you…
Watermelon is an ideal health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fibre and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium. They’re also packed with lycopene, a natural antioxidant.
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Get your watermelon fix at boost with a…
- Watermelon Crush
- Watermelon Lychee Crush
- Immunity Juice
Wheatgrass… Don’t be put off by the fact that wheatgrass tastes like freshly mown lawn clippings! Not to mention its lovely green colour… this stuff is great for you in many ways!
- It contains sixty times more vitamin C than oranges (weight for weight)
- It also contains eight times more iron than spinach! (weight for weight)
- Wheatgrass has over 100 vitamins, minerals, and nutrients
- It has all of the eight essential amino acids, plus eleven other amino acids, polypeptides (amino-acids chain thingos), and the bioflavonoids (compound bits related to vitamins) believed to neutralise toxic substances in the blood.
Why it’s good for you…
- Wheatgrass is mostly made out of stuff called chlorophyll – the chemical that is in most living plants that absorbs energy from sunlight (photosynthesis). It’s also the stuff that gives plant’s their green colour.
- So due to the high level of chlorophyll, it’s claimed that wheatgrass increases the oxygen carrying capabilities of blood.
- This brings with it other benefits, such as combating nasty toxins like carbon monoxide and other traffic pollutants, cigarette smoke and heavy metals.
So how does it get from the lawn into that little cup?
First of all, let’s be clear that it doesn’t come from a lawn! There are special wheatgrass farms that cultivate wheat seeds. When planted, they shoot off lovely long bits of grass. This is then delivered to our stores in a tray, where it continues to grow in a ‘wheatgrass canopy’. When the time is right, we simply cut it, wash it, and then feed it through a special juicer that extracts the juice. Easy!
Get your wheatgrass fix at Boost with…
- Wheatgrass Booster (add it to your Boost!)