Watermelon

Summer Fruit


Watermelon, it’s synonymous with summer.  

Oh so juicy and tasty, refreshing and cooling!

It’s a fun food for the beach and backyard parties.

AND it’s good for you too!!

Why eat something from a package that has the potential to do you harm when you can eat something from God’s creation and it will do your body good!

Five Fun Watermelon Facts
  • Low calorie-80 calories per 2 cup serving.
  • Hydrating-92% water.
  • Most consumed melon in the U.S.
  • Related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash as a member of the cucurbitaceae family.
  • Used as a canteen by early explorers.
Five Steps To A Ripe Watermelon
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  • Look for a uniform shape with no bruises, cuts or dents.
  • Look for the heaviest fruit. That means it will be full of water, ripe and juicy.
  • Look for the “field spot” located on the underside of the watermelon.  It should be a buttery yellow.  If it’s white, pass it up, it’s not ripe.
  • Look for a watermelon that is dark green and not shiny.  If it’s shiny it’s not ripe.  It should be a dark, dull green.
  • Look for a watermelon that makes a full sound when you thump it with your knuckles.  If is sounds dull or deep it is not ripe.

  • Watermelons are rich in Vitamins A, B1, B6 & C.
  • They are also a good source of lycopene (as found in tomatoes)  and L-citrulline (an amino acid).
  • They are full of fiber.
  • And low in sodium.
  • One cup of watermelon checks in with only 40 calories.

The History of Watermelons

Watermelons originated in the Kalahari Desert of Africa.  The first sighting was some 5,000 years ago as part of Egyptian hieroglyphics.   It is thought to have been buried in the tombs of Egyptian kings in order to nourish them in the afterlife.

From there they spread throughout the countries along the Mediterranean Sea by way of merchant ships.

They eventually found their way into China, which is currently the world’s largest watermelon producer.

It is thought that they came to the United States by way of slaves.  The United States is currently the 5th largest producer of watermelons in the world with Florida, California, Georgia and Arizona being the top 4 producing states.

How to Eat Your Watermelon



Summer Fruit




For simplicity, you can slice up your watermelon and enjoy a simple, refreshing and nutritious treat.  Or you can find recipes for all sorts of different ways to serve your watermelon.  From drinks, to salads, to soups, to dessert...the list really is endless.






For this post I’ve decided to try a watermelon sorbet.

Cut the watermelon into cubes and place them in a glass baking dish. Cover them up and place the dish in the freezer.  When the cubes are frozen, puree them in the food processor until smooth and then return the mixture to the baking dish. Cover the dish and place them in the freezer again.  Once it is frozen you can scoop it up like ice cream.  

This was very good and refreshing.  After making it, I did find a few things I would do differently.
  • I would line the glass dish with parchment paper because the cubes stuck to the dish and they were difficult to remove.
  • Process just a few cubes at a time because they are like ice cubes and too many at a time will overwhelm your food processor.
  • Make sure the dish is covered with parchment paper for the second go around.
  • When it’s time to scoop it up, let it sit out for a few minutes to soften and then scrape it up with a fork and stir it together.

Enjoy!

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