Monday, June 18, 2007

Watermelon is my favorite fruit!

Watermelon is great to enjoy year round. At only about 45 calories per cup, it can be a great way to increase your fruit intake and keep your calories low. Enjoy it for dessert or as a snack, it is very filling and can satisfy your sweet tooth.

Quick Watermelon Cubes

  • Take a quarter watermelon and lay it on the rind with the interior facing up.
  • Place knife about 3/4 of an inch down from the peak of the wedge. Holding the knife parallel to the far side of the fruit and starting at edge of rind, cut a horizontal line through the fruit all the way down to the rind.
  • Next, place the knife blade 3/4 of an inch lower and make the same cut. Repeat.
  • Next, turn the fruit to the other side and make the same horizontal cuts.
  • And last, starting at edge of the rind, make vertical cuts 3/4 inch apart all the way across. Cubes will tumble out ready to eat!

How to Choose a Watermelon

  • Look the watermelon over. You are looking for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents.
  • Lift it up. The watermelon should be heavy for its size. Watermelon is 92% water, most of the weight is water.
  • Turn it over. The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.

Watermelon Facts

  • A Watermelon is completely edible. While most of us relish the flesh part, the watermelon seeds can be roasted and eaten. Watermelon rind is used for making preserves, pickles and relish.
  • Though watermelon is commonly considered as a fruit it is actually a vegetable! It is a member of the cucumber family and is kin to the gourd.
  • Watermelon is the Lycopene Leader in fresh produce, having higher concentrations of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. In fact, fresh watermelon contains higher levels of lycopene than fresh tomatoes - a 2-cup serving of watermelon contains and average of 18.16 mg and one medium-sized tomato contains 4 mg.

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