"Xigua" is the Mandarin Chinese name for a watermelon. The term "xigua" is commonly used for a small, roundish watermelon, similar to the watermelons grown in China. It is found in markets specializing in East Asian foods.
Xigua grows on the Citrullus lanatus plant, a vine originally from South America. In both the United States and China, the xigua, or watermelon, is served as a sweet dessert either plain or in a fruit salad. It is high in both sugar and water and makes a nice addition to cold summer soups and refreshing drinks. Watermelon seeds are also edible fresh or dried, and they are sometimes added to animal feed.Learn More
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 >
Although watermelon is available year round, domestic watermelon is in its peak season from May through August. Imported watermelon is in its peak season from March through May.Full Answer >
Check if your watermelon is still fresh for eating by inspecting, slicing and smelling the watermelon. Watermelons have a shelf life of seven to 10 days, or two to three weeks in the refrigerator. After the melon has been cut, however, it beings to go bad quickly.Full Answer >
When selecting a watermelon, pick the melon up and ensure that it feels heavy for its size, even if it is a small melon. Look for a splotch on the watermelon; this splotch forms from the melon lying on the ground and should be yellow if the watermelon is ripe.Full Answer >