This article will talk about watermelon wine, a wine with properties that satisfies the most exquisites palates. That represents an alternative to the classic grape-based wines.
In the world, we are used to finding different kinds of wine: cabernet sauvignon, Carmenere, Chardonnay, Merlot, among others. These grape strains give the wine color, flavor, smell, and a texture that makes it different from them.
For many years, wine as a drink has been made from grapes. It has been the same way throughout history. However, the use of other fruits for wine production has become an alternative for trying a new variety of flavors.
What is watermelon wine?
Watermelon wine is a drink you can obtain from the alcoholic fermentation of ripe watermelon juice. Its elaboration is very similar to the production of wine. It is mainly produced in those countries where the climate makes vine-growing difficult. This wine smells and tastes like watermelon. It is usually a light wine with balanced acidity, and it has a strong fragrance.
Origins and consumption, along with the history
The origin of fruit wines in the world dates back to the Middle Ages’ times. Apples and berries as raw materials became an alternative option for wine production instead of grapes. By the time the grapes were not available due to the year. This fruit is harvested between the spring and summer seasons in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
In the 18th century, people commercially exploited fruit wine in Europe and the United States. This activity has not ceased over the years
On the other hand, in the American continent, fruit wines’ production dates back to the conquests’ time. The Spanish colonizers did not have the vine in the new world’s territories due to the tropical climate. They decided to ferment fruits with high sugar content in the locality, such as passion fruit, mango, pineapple, avocado, orange, and peach.
More recently, during the 20th century, countries such as Canada, Japan, Australia, and South Africa have been producing this class of wines. As a result consuming public has shown a certain enthusiasm for these innovative and alternative products. This new trend couples with the overconsumption of traditional grape wines and the need to reinvent the market with other wine varieties.
Characteristics and benefits
Watermelon wine is a light, sweet and refreshing wine. This wine has a delicate flavor, and many wine preparers decide to add other fruits such as peaches and grapes to this drink.
This drink, according to several investigations, has certain medicinal properties, among which we can highlight
- Prevents breast, prostate, uterus, and lung cancer
- Helps to lower blood pressure
- Good helper for those who want to lose weight
- Considered a good diuretic
- Reduces the risk of metabolic diseases. It helps fight muscle aches and helps improve skin tone and eyes health
- It is an excellent aphrodisiac
Varieties of watermelon wine
- Watermelon wine with raisins: It consists of a simple version of homemade wine accompanied by raisins and a light touch of citric acid or lemon juice. In addition Its fermentation must remain at a temperature between 18 and 25 ° C (65°F – 77 °F) for three days. Its maturation process consists of the half to three months in a dark and cold room.
- “Table” of watermelon wine: It is a light pink and matured wine from a mixture of watermelon juice with tannic and tartaric acid. This wine’s maturity occurs when stored in a dark and cool place as a final step.
- Watermelon wine “sweet dessert” consists of a sweet and strong dessert wine involving special wine yeast.
- Watermelon wine “Liquor”: It consists of wine with a soft and sweet flavor. It is ideal to accompany cheeses and other fruits.
- Watermelon wine with vodka: This is an alcoholic drink containing a liter of high-quality vodka into a considerable watermelon (approximately seven kilograms). The vodka-filled watermelon is immersed in cold water. After the watermelon has softened, it is removed from the water. After this, a hole is made in the watermelon rind and drain the pink juice from inside. Then it is saved in a bottle.
Myths of watermelon and wine and the aphrodisiac effect of the watermelon
An urban myth relates the consumption of watermelon combined with the consumption of wine with death.
It has been proven that when you put a piece of watermelon in a glass of wine, the fruit hardens. Moreover, It leads to the belief that the watermelon hardens in the person’s stomach by eating both products together.
According to Henry Cohen’s statements, president of the World Gastroenterology Organization, by mixing watermelon and wine in the stomach, gastric acids and pepsin will allow good and complete digestion of the food that arrives there. In addition, watermelon will not remain hardened in the stomach. That is why people can eat and digest a large amount of food.
Some studies have shown that this mixture’s effect is far from the death presumption. In the book “The Scientific Bartender,” written by Facundo Di Génova, it is explained that wine contains ethyl alcohol and contains glycerin. Watermelons have an amino acid called L-arginine. This amino acid has an effect of which dilates the blood vessels of the human body.
Scientists who won the Nobel award discovered the origin of Viagra studying this amino acid, so we can say that watermelon produces a similar effect to Viagra. Thus, people have discovered that watermelon acts as a sex promoter.