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