Have you ever eaten watermelon? Oh Yes! Who has not eaten watermelon? But, has a crossed ever crossed your mind? “Why are watermelons red inside?”
Yes, most of us might have got the question in our head, but might have also forgotten it as soon as the watermelon is over. Today, we are going to tell you the reason for the fruit being red inside and green outside.
According to study, ripe watermelons get their red color from lycopene, the same stuff that makes tomatoes red and carrots orange. And though strawberries and cherries are also red, lycopene isn’t to blame for that.
Strawberries and cherries get their lush red hues from anthocyanins, which when mixed with the increasing sugar in the ripening strawberry and cherry fruits turns the fruit red. Interestingly, the same stuff mixes with sugar in the more alkaline blueberry to turn the berries a distinctive blue.
“Are watermelons always red, even the ones that aren’t ripe?”
No. Even though the lycopene that will turn the watermelon red is present in the fruit the entire time it is ripening, the insides of an unripe watermelon most likely won’t be red. Watermelons aren’t always red. I hear they can come in yellow, orange, and white as well, although I’ve personally never seen it.