Fun Facts about Watermelon:

In-season- May, June, July

  • Thanks to their sweet taste, watermelons are most commonly considered a fruit. But many gardeners think of them as vegetables, since they grow them in their gardens alongside other summer veggies like peas and corn, and watermelon is classified as part of a botanical family that includes other culinary vegetables like cucumber, squash, and pumpkin.
  • They’re 92 percent water, making them a perfect refresher for those hot summer months.
  • The heaviest watermelon to date weighed in at 350.5 pounds. To give you some perspective, that’s the equivalent of an NFL lineman.

 

Health Benefits of Watermelon:

  • Due to its high water content, watermelon boosts hydration and improves skin complexion.
  • Watermelons are a great source of lycopene, an antioxidant that’s been shown to reduce the risk of several types of cancers, including prostate, lung, and stomach.
  • Watermelon is an excellent remedy for sore muscles.
  • It’s high in vitamin C which ensures proper functioning of the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.

 

Cooking with Watermelon:

  • Enjoy as a juice or smoothie.
  • Add to both savory and sweet salads.
  • Cooking watermelon transforms its distinct granular texture into a slightly chewier texture, almost like raw tuna. The taste becomes less sweet and more savory/smokey!

 

Recipe using Watermelon:

  • Watermelon Slushie
  • Ingredients:
    • Frozen watermelon chunks
    • Squeeze of lime
    • Optional: mint and honey
  • Instructions:
    • In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth!
    • Serve on a hot summer day!

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