Watermleon: The Fruit of Summer

Ginger Melon Mint SaladNo other fruit says summer like watermelon. We all know it for its bright pink and green colors, crisp texture and sweet flavor, but how much do we really know about this fruit? Many health benefits prove this fruit to be more than just what meets the eye.

We often associate only a deep red or pink color with watermelons, but in fact there are many other different varieties of fruit including orange, yellow or white flesh watermelons. Most have black, brown, white, green or yellow seeds; although a few new varieties are indeed seedless. If you are able to see the flesh of the watermelon before you purchase it, choose a watermelon with a deep color free of white streaks. If there are seeds, they should be deep in color. However, oftentimes we do not have the luxury of seeing watermelon cut before we purchase it, so choose one that is heavy for its size, with a rind that is relatively smooth and is neither overly shiny or overly dull.

Here are a few tips to keep your watermelon clean and safe:

  • Choose a firm watermelon, free of major cracks, dents or bruises.
  • The FDA says to wash all fruits and veggies before cutting, so be sure to wash and dry the outer surface of your watermelon before cutting it.
  • Wash your hands and all cutting surfaces, knives and other utensils.
  • Refrigerate after cutting, either by placing chunks in a bag or container, or placing plastic wrap over the exposed part of the watermelon.

Featured Recipes

Watermelon is best eaten by itself, cut fresh and eaten right away, but here are some new ways to enjoy this versatile fruit that showcase one of summer's most cherished foods:

Ginger Melon Mint Salad (pictured above)
Spinach and Watermelon Salad

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