Scientific Name: Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai

Arabic name(s): البِطِيخ

English name(s): Watermelon

Growth form: Watermelon is an annual trailing, vine-like flowering plant.

Order: Cucurbitales

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Genus: Citrullus Schrad. ex Eckl. & Zeyh.

Species: Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai

Citation in the Quran:

The plant is not mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.

Citation in the Hadit:

Narrated by Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin: The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) used to eat melon with fresh dates, and he used to say: The heat of the one is broken by the coolness of the other, and the coolness of the one by the heat of the other. Sunan Abu-Dawud, book of Foods .

Habitat & Distribution:

Watermelon is originally from southern Africa, but now it is grown in different geographical areas in the world.

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