Updated: Nov 13
There's a reason watermelon grows in the summertime.....it is one of the ultimate "cooling" foods!
To counteract the heat of the summer, from a Chinese medicine perspective, try watermelon or Xi Gua (pronounced Shee Gwah). It actually generates fluids in your body, cools you, and makes you pee so that the summer heat that invades us all just kinda drains out. Good for edema, canker sores, depression, and UTI. Watch it if you have diabetes, weak digestion (loose stools), severe anemia, or uncontrolled urination, as it may not be right for you.
Dried watermelon seeds and/or rind can be eaten in small quantities or made into a tea, which helps you get the most out of your budget.
-------information from Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford