The Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant, it’s fruit contains about 92% water and 6% sugar by weight. It contains a high amount of beta carotene and lycopene. Regular consumption of watermelon may have anti hypertensive effects. Its skin contains many hidden nutrients, but most people avoid eating them due to their unappealing flavor. Watermelons contain a significant amount of citrulline. Citrulline is found to relax blood vessels, it is also sold as a performance-enhancing supplement, which was shown to reduce muscle fatigue.
Aside from its nutritional and culinary benefits, watermelons are also common in carved food art. The photo on the left shows several bizarre carved creations.
Heart-shaped watermelons are one of the the latest bizarre innovations to hit the streets of Japan. A farmer called Hiroichi Kimura and his wife are the masterminds behind its creation. It took the couple over three years to create a perfectly heart-shaped watermelon, which they say expresses their love for farming and their feelings towards each other. The watermelons grow into fulsome heart shapes without the aid of special equipment and are not genetically-modified in anyway. They come with a hefty tag price 15,750 yen ($160) each.
You can also buy square, pyramid or even human face shaped watermelons via links on the following website: http://www.crown-melon.com/square_melon.html
Cordyceps, also referred to as caterpillar fungus is considered an aphrodisiac in China, where it bears the name dong chong xia cao. This fungus is perhaps more of a parasite. It works by infiltrating a caterpillar larva’s brains and then grows in the cavity. This mushroom has been known for centuries to work as a libido enhancer. Today it is grown and cultivated so it is available for low prices. If you have a hot date coming up, why not get a serving of cordyceps to split and a few glasses of champagne to wash it down?
A Stinking Toe likely doesn’t sound like something you’d want to eat, does it? However, you would be surprised to learn that it is the name of one of the most delectable fruits in the world that grows in the Caribbean Islands, and that it is a beloved and delicious treat that people love to eat.
The Stinking Toe fruit is also known as the West Indian Locust. It gains its name because of its seed pods that look very much like a large brown toe, and that also smell like one once they are cracked open. However, the fruit of the West Indian Locust is tasty and sweet, and is downright addicting once you’ve tasted it for the first time. Better yet, it is filled with vitamins and minerals, and is particularly high in calcium and iron. Continue reading →