International Watermelon Day is a phenomenon new to me, until this evening, it is one of my favourite fruits I have to say, and it’s health benefits are a force to be reckoned with. Watermelons are mostly water — about 92% — but this refreshing fruit is packed with nutrients. Each delicious bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids; even a modest amount of potassium. Plus, this easy summer snack is fat-free, very low in sodium and has only 40 calories per cup.
A versatile fruit you can eat it it plain, juice it or add it to salads – pair it with a salty feta or a creamy burrata for an exotic twist on a summer plate.
5 Fun Facts About Watermelons:
- Watermelon is 92% water
- Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
- The word “watermelon” first appeared in the English dictionary in 1615.
- A watermelon’s lifespan takes about 90 days to grow, from planting to harvesting.
- You can even eat watermelon rind! The green part is pretty good for you so why not give it a try.
3 Recipes for Watermelon
Watermelon is delicious as it is but if you want to try it another way and aren’t sure where to start here are a couple of alternative recipes to get you started.
- Watermelon and Feta Salad – Courtesy of InStyle
- 5 Minute Watermelon Sorbet – Courtesy of The Things We Will Make
- Chile-Lime Grilled Watermelon – Courtesy of Cooking On The Weekends
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