Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I don't buy watermelon. Well, hardly ever. Occasionally, I'll break down and spend $6 on one piece of fruit to the refrains of "I promise I'll eat it this time". I heave the thing into my cart, and later, watch a child carry it into the house, expecting it to be dropped at any moment. Yet, like the last time I bought one, the watermelon takes up precious refrigerator space, leaking pink water everywhere and no one eats it.

A good friend of mine, however, says that it is one of her family's favorites and she buys watermelon frequently. So, after reading yesterday's news, I had to tease her to find out if there was a reason her family ate so much watermelon:

The nutrients in watermelon can "deliver Viagra-like effects to the body's blood vessels and may even increase libido," according to Science Daily.

On reading further though, I found the following:

The phyto-nutrient called citrulline that relaxes the blood Vessels is found in highest concentrations in the part you generally don't Eat...The watermelon rind. "Would it take like a whole watermelon rind to eat to do any good, you might get yourself sick before you do yourself any good.

Ah, but not if you are small. And are a rooster named Lester the Molester. You see, the family often brings the leftover watermelon rinds to Lester and his hens who eat them greedily. Now I understand Lester's, shall we say, enthusiasm. My friend, having witnessed Lester's brutal assaults, says she's "cutting him off".

No change in Ginny. The vets says it's likely a pituitary problem (with no cure) and may resolve itself.

1 comment:

pita-woman said...

Too funny! Maybe I'll have to stop by the fruit stand on my way home this evening...


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