It’s watermelon (karpuz) season and the Fethiye markets are full of gigantic specimens!

At around 75 kuruş per kilo, they are too good to miss. You’ll be lucky to get anything under around 5kg, however most sellers will sell you a portion if you ask.

 

But wait! Why would you only buy a portion when it is so good for you and there are so many wonderful things you can do with it?

Why is it good for you?

Watermelon is 92 percent water, but as well as being a refreshing snack on hot summer days, this refreshing fruit is packed with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as antioxidants, amino acids and potassium. 

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Hydration

In hot weather it is one of the foods that will help to keep you hydrated so eat plenty.

How do I cut it up?

So you’ve bought your humungous watermelon and managed to get it home. The next challenge is how to cut it up without getting yourself into bit of a mess! You’ve armed yourself with the longest, sharpest knife you own and are circling said watermelon looking for inspiration.

Here is one method for cutting it into cubes.

Things to do with a watermelon.

Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can add variety to your watermelon diet throughout the long hot days of summer.

Juice it

Juices are a great way of getting the vital nutrients you need. Try this quick and easy recipe.

Watermelon and orange juice

Photograph courtesy of JaggeryPepper.com

300g  watermelon flesh

2 oranges

Juice the fruits. Pour into a glass and add ice cubes to chill. Decorate with slices of orange. Makes 300ml

Put it in a salad

It makes a delicious and refreshing addition to salads.

White cheese and watermelon salad

Photograph courtesy of Özlem’s Turkish Table

4 large slices of watermelon, ripe, chilled, cut into 2 inch pieces

8 oz white cheese (beyaz peynir or feta) cut into 1 inch pieces

Fresh mint leaves to garnish

Mix in a bowl and add mint to garnish.

Serve with fresh bread.

Alternatively serve on sticks drizzled with balsamic vinegar as an appetiser.

Things to do with watermelon (karpuz)

Freeze it

Ice lollies

Things to do with watermelon (karpuz)
Watermelon ice lollies

5 to 15 watermelon slices, cut to triangular wedge shapes, about ½ – 1” thick

5-15 ice lolly sticks

Insert a lolly stick into the rind of each wedge. Freeze the slices for a chilly, refreshing treat. The kids will love them!

Alternatively cube and freeze for watermelon ice.

Things to do with watermelon (karpuz)

Wrap it

These  wraps make a great light lunch

Grilled chicken and watermelon wraps

2 cups chopped seedless watermelon

Want know more?

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And finally…

July 24th is National Drink Watermelon Day so get those drinks recipes ready.

Things to do with watermelon (karpuz)

 

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