Watermelon Season

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Several years ago, I discovered Black Mountain watermelon seeds available at seed Savers Exchange.  What drew me to this watermelon first was the short growing season needed–80 days from seed to ripe fruit–but what made us immediate fans of this watermelon was the sweetness.  I’ve never tasted a better melon!  This melon is considered personal sized, and although this one weighs 7 1/2 pounds, they generally only grow to 3 or 4 pounds in our garden  Watermelons are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, and have more lycopene–the powerful antioxidant that helps to fight heart disease and certain cancers–than the much-heralded tomato.  Watermelon also contains the amino acids citrulline and arginine, which can improve blood flow and overall cardiovascular function.  Which, when you think about it, is kinda’ like natural Viagra.  And who wouldn’t want that?

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