Watermelons are the next best thing to mangoes in terms of delighting Indian taste buds throughout the summer season. Watermelons are not only nutritious, but they are also a great way to satisfy your thirst.
Watermelons are abundant in minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C, in addition to having a high water content. Did you realise, though, that our country produces about 25 commercial types of watermelon? Yes, you read that correctly. Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Assam, West Bengal, Karnataka, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu are among the states that grow watermelons. Let’s have a look at some of the numerous watermelon kinds grown in India:
- Arka Muthu (Watermelon)
The nodal length of this early developing watermelon is shorter, and it normally ripens in 75-80 days. This watermelon cultivar comes in oval and spherical shapes, with a dark green striped peel and dark red flesh. The watermelon Arka Muthu weighs about 2.5 to 3 kg on average, with a sugar content of 12 to 14 brix. This cultivar of watermelon produces 50 to 60 tonnes of fruit per acre. The Arka Muthu is an excellent choice for precision farming and high-density planting.
- Arka Akash Watermelon
Arka Akash is a high-yielding watermelon type with rectangular fruits. This hybrid type has a round to oval shape, a light green peel with dark green stripes, and dark red meat that ripens about 90 to 95 days. It produces 75 to 80 tonnes per hectare. It also has a sugar content of 12 brix.
- Aishwarya Watermelon Arka
This F1 hybrid watermelon is oblong in shape and produces a lot of fruit. The sugar level of the watermelon Arka Aishwarya is high, ranging from 12 to 13 brix. They have an elongated shape and a red flesh that yields 80 tonnes per hectare.
- Arka Manik (Watermelon)
Arka Manik, a 4-6 kg watermelon with a light green skin with dark green stripes and an oval form, has a light green rind with dark green stripes. Its flesh is a deep crimson colour and yields 60 tonnes per hectare. The sugar content of Arka manik is likewise high, ranging from 12 to 15 brix.