When Is It Safe To Buy Watermelon And Melon

Watermelons and melons, which can be bought in any grocery store or market today, have been grown in unnatural greenhouse conditions and therefore may contain excess nitrates, and definitely do not have the true taste of melons warmed in the sun.

What is the difference between greenhouse watermelons?

Greenhouse fruits cannot be called harmful, because they are tested in the appropriate laboratories to determine the level of nitrates. It should be noted that the permissible level of nitrates in melons is 60 mg/kg. Cases, when it is significantly exceeded, are rare, but it is safe to say that when growing fruit in greenhouses, much more nitrates are used compared to fruits that ripened in the sun. In addition, every consumer has the right to demand from the seller documents confirming laboratory tests for the safety of the product offered.

When to buy watermelon and melon

Any vegetables, fruits, and berries should be bought in the season when they are ripe. For melons and watermelons, this is August-September. Then they will bring the most benefits to the body. Now they sell greenhouse watermelons and melons. If they are not harmful, they do not have the same amount of useful elements that you can get from a classic watermelon and melon.

What watermelons are best not to buy

You should not buy cut watermelons, especially since it is forbidden to sell sliced melons. Such cut watermelons are dangerous not only because of a possible excess of nitrates but also because of bacterial contamination that can cause food poisoning.

You also need to pay attention to the place where they are sold. The place of sale should be fenced and under a canopy. In addition, melons sold along the road absorb heavy metals contained in car exhaust in just a few hours and become unfit for consumption.

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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