August 3rd is National Watermelon Day. With it being right around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to profile watermelons and all the greatness there is about that fruit (or vegetable, it’s considered as either).
I’ll let you know up front. I am a descendant of a Watermelon Whisperer. No joke. My dad is a connoisseur of watermelon. He really knows how to find the ripe ones. Growing up, my dad had an old refrigerator in his shop. At any given time that old refrigerator held nothing but various types of watermelons, large, small, round, yellow watermelon, white watermelon. We would always find a vine out on our property that was growing from a stray watermelon seed one of us had spit on the ground.
You need three things to grow watermelon: sun, water and bees. Here in Florida, watermelon is available year round.
HOW TO PICK A GOOD WATERMELON
Look the watermelon over.
You are looking for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents.
Lift it up.
The watermelon should be heavy for its size. Watermelon is 92% water and most of the weight is water.
Turn it over.
The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun. This pale or buttery yellow spot on the bottom of the watermelon, indicating ripeness.
Watermelon is full of great nutrients:
Vitamin B6 – immune system
Vitamin C – bolsters immune system
Potassium – 2 cup serving helps with water balance
Vitamin A – healthy skin/eye health
Lycopene – antioxidant
With proper growing conditions, watermelons grow to enormous sizes. Around the world, competitions award prizes each year for the largest one. The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out https://www.watermelon.org/
TRY THESE GREAT RECIPES:
6 cups torn mixed salad greens 3 cups of 1" cubed watermelon 1/2 cup sliced onion 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese dash cracked black pepper
ICE POPS AND CUBES
Ingredients: Watermelon Chunks of fresh fruit - try grapes, strawberries, blueberries, anything!
Instructions: Puree the watermelon. Now pour it into the Popsicle molds and drop your chunks of fresh fruit and freeze!
Try watermelon ice cubes to add your favorite juice or soda! Puree some seedless watermelon and pour into ice cube trays and freeze.
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