The Messinian watermelon is a predominantly summer fruit. It is cultivated in the municipalities of Trifyllia and Pylos-Nestoras. It is considered the earliest in season watermelon variety in Europe. Very special are the yellow and seedless watermelons that are produced in the municipality of Trifyllia.
The watermelon is high in carbohydrates and β-carotene, which strengthens the antioxidant defense of cells. Furthermore, its content in lycopene gives watermelons their distinctive red color and is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease. Watermelon is rich in vitamin A, which promotes eye health, and in vitamin C, which helps maintain bone and immune system health. Finally, watermelons contain the trace element selenium, which improves the defense mechanisms of the body.