Basavaraj Patil has been cultivating yellow watermelons, partnering with the local mart and Big bazaar in Kalaburgi to sell the produce. Patil said that he has so far earned profits of over Rs100,000 (€1,100) by selling these watermelons.
Seemingly, these fruits taste sweeter than red watermelons. The more common, reddish-pink variety of watermelon is a clear favourite during the summers, but lately, this new kind of fruit has been catching up to fruit lovers as well. These fruits have a similar green rind but are yellow fleshed inside.
Classified as Citrullus lanatus, the yellow watermelons occur naturally and are considered one of the oldest varieties. They can be traced back to Africa and were being cultivated before the widespread cultivation of the red kinds. These melons are also a good source of vitamins A and C, antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and toughen the immune system.