Watermelon seeds are edible and contain trace amounts of iron, zinc and protein. A person would have to consume several hundred seeds to get 1 to 2 grams of iron or zinc. There is 1 gram of protein in 24 seeds.
In Asia, watermelon seeds are roasted, seasoned and eaten as a snack. They are also ground into flour and used to make bread. The rind of the watermelon is also edible.
Seedless watermelons have not been genetically engineered. They occur through hybridization when diploid and tetraploid watermelons are crossed. Diploid watermelons contain two sets of chromosomes, and tetraploid watermelon contain four sets of chromosomes.Learn More
Orange seeds are edible. Though the seeds of citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons and tangerines, contain small amounts of cyanide compounds, a typical orange's seeds do not contain enough of the toxin to be harmful.Full Answer >
According to SFGate, it is completely safe to eat watermelon seeds, and roasted watermelon seeds in particular provide a number of health benefits. Roasted watermelon seeds are a healthy source of unsaturated fats and essential minerals, including iron, magnesium and copper. These minerals help promote healthy body tissue and they resist diseases.Full Answer >
You can "thump" a watermelon and detect any color changes in the outside of the fruit to see if it is ripe. A ripe watermelon should sound hollow when thumped and should have a dull sheen.Full Answer >
Commonly mistaken for a fruit, watermelons are actually vegetables that are part of the squash and cucumber family. The first watermelons, which originally grew in Africa, were mostly seeds and rind, while the watermelons eaten all over the world today are sweeter, larger and have thinner rinds.Full Answer >