Ingredient Name:  Watermelon

Chinese Name:  西瓜 (xī guā)

What is this?
  • Fruit and plant of a vine-like herb
  • The fruit is sometimes classified as a melon
  • It is normally round with a smooth exterior rind usually in green and yellow and has a juicy, pulpy interior that is sweet and ranges in color from red, yellow, orange or pink
  • It is used in a variety of desserts, drinks, and often eaten raw

How do I prepare it?

  • Halve the watermelon
  • Slice away the skin or rind
  • Cube into large cubes

Where can I buy this?

  • In any supermarket

What is the cost?

  • Watermelon varies depending on size and season, however averages around $3-7 CAD/watermelon

Any benefits?

  • Watermelons contain 6% sugar by weight
  • They are high in Vitamin C and a good source of carbohydrates
  • Watermelons are very concentrated in their water content, coming in at around 91-92% in water weight

Any precautions?

  • Watermelons are known to be an extremely “cooling” food
  • Women who are pregnant or menstruating should take caution when consuming watermelon
  • It is actually forbidden in Chinese culture to consume watermelon if a women is less than 3 months pregnant as the watermelon may trigger premature contractions which lead to miscarriages or premature birth