The cracks in the watermelon can be a sign of a great danger. These cracks are the result of a growth-promoting chemical called forchlorfenuron. Forchlorfenuron is one of the few hormone substances approved by official authorities in some countries such as the USA. However, there are also those who say that this chemical is not as innocent as it seems.
Some health and environmentalists say that this chemical can trigger cancer as a result of entering the body. However, the US Food Administration claims the opposite and states that no side effects have been observed on humans and animals in studies.
Despite the reliable reports of official authorities, the claims of non-governmental organizations continue. Allegedly, the growth hormone called forchlorfenuron is dangerous as a neurotoxin as well as triggering cancer.
So it is extremely harmful for brain health. Those who take the hazard warnings seriously can only distinguish the products in which this chemical is used. Because according to official reports, it is difficult to ban the healthy hormone forchlorfenuron in the short term.
These methods were put forward by anti-hormone activists who pondered the subject. The most important symptom that hormone opponents draw attention to is cracks in the structure of the fruit.
Since forchlorfenuron accelerates growth, these cracks are evident after accelerated growth.
Forchlorfenuron-treated fruits may look fresh and ripe like their natural ones, sometimes even more than natural ones. Although this image leads to products with high appeal, the situation changes when it comes to taste.
If the fresh and ripe-looking watermelon tastes bland when you bite it, unfortunately it may have been exposed to forchlorfenuron or a similar hormone. Because the fruit that ripens before its time is harvested before it can develop its own aroma.
Since the hormone used ripens the watermelon before its time, this also affects the water content of the fruit. Since the fruit ripens before the time it should be, it cannot contain enough liquid.
The hormone forchlorfenuron ripens the fruit so quickly that the red color of the watermelon that we love cannot be fully formed. Unfortunately, this white-tinged red that comes out from under the bark, which looks lively and bright, is unfortunately one of the symptoms of growth hormone.
The seeds of the watermelon, which ripen prematurely as a result of the hormone, are far from the black color we are accustomed to. In hormonal watermelons, white and thin seeds are seen instead of black and thick seeds.
However, this white seed tip only applies to regular watermelon. Do not confuse this with the white-seed watermelon variety.