Hello and happy summer! In recognition of Watermelon Seed Spitting Week (June 26 through June 29), I thought it would be fun to provide some fun trivia.
Watermelon is Very Healthy and Versatile
- It is low in calories: a one-cup serving has only 48 calories.
- It is a great source of Vitamins A and C as well as magnesium and potassium.
- One tip to make a healthy well-rounded diet is to include a rainbow of colors. The lycopene gives it the red color.
- Recipes include beverages, breakfast, breakfast, appetizers, salads, side dishes, salsas, sandwiches, spreads, and desserts. They also make fun and edible centerpieces.
- Adopting a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables is one of the best things a person can do to stay healthy, maintain a healthy weight, and lower disease risk. Adding lycopene-rich foods to that mix is one way to reach that goal.
- You can use every part of this fruit including the rind.
- Fact Sheet
- Recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients
How to Select the Best Watermelons
- Available year round because so many areas grow them
- Fifteen Spatulas has a great article about picking great watermelons
- Food Channel: Five Tips for Selecting a Ripe, Flavorful Watermelon
- Watermelon.org: How to Pick Out a Great Watermelon
Watermelon Fun and Festivals
- Watermelon Seed Spitting Week (June 26 thru 29)
- Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs and Somebody’s Gotta Do It, watermelon seed spitting contest.
- Festivals for 2015
- Watermelon Thump, a 4-day festival
- Pick Your Own Watermelon Festivals around the United States
They are available year round: Peak Production Areas for Watermelons
Enjoy some this summer.