The watermelon grows on a trailing vine in the flowering plant family Cucurbitaceae. Most are familiar with the dark pink color, but watermelons can also be yellow and orange.
Why is it good for my body?
The best thing about watermelons are their water content --- about 92%! They also boast vitamins A, B6, C and antioxidants.
Where does it come from?
It is believed that watermelons' ancient ancestor originated in southern Africa. Historians have also found evidence of watermelons in paintings in the Egyptian tombs. The seedless variety we enjoy today was not developed until the 1990's!
What season is it fresh?
Watermelon season is May-September.
How do I store and handle it?
Whole watermelons can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. Once cut, they should be consumed within three days.
What are ways to eat it?
Watermelons are a truly refreshing fruit, enjoyed simply by the slice. They can also be added to salads and smoothies. Try Doctor Yum's Watermelon Fruit Pops for a cool summer treat!
Found in the Produce section
Summer Watermelon Gazpacho
Cucumber Watermelon Salsa
Watermelon Berry Salad with Goat Cheese and Mint
Beef and Watermelon Stir Fry