Watermelon (Citrullus Lanatas)
Watermelon belongs to the pumpkin family (Cucurbitaceae) and originated from tropical Africa. It is a fragile plant with a soft weak stem that easily wilts. It grows very well on lowlands, cannot stand excessive rain but stores a lot of water.
The fruit is usually large and elongated, with a green or white rind and a pink, red or yellow, edible, very juicy, sweet pulp. The outer skin is dark greenish. Watermelon is a thirsty traveller’s delight and thrives very well in the northern part of the country.