With a name like watermelon, one would expect it to be juicy, scrumptious and amazing. The watermelon meets and exceeds that expectation. The presence of so much water makes this melon an impressive addition to the fruit family. Here it comes, the carefully procured but wonderfully amazing, Watermelon Day!
The sweet flavor that explodes in your mouth with every bite, ensures this fruit lives up to a crowned ‘favorite fruit’ the world over. That hard rind around the edge gives a smooth texture, easy to hold by even the youngest of hands, the soft inner red fruit easy to eat by young and old alike, and with a juicy burst of flavor, it is liked by most that do eat it. Even the seeds are an enjoyment, spitting them has become contests between family, friends and neighbors. But even the seeds do not detract from this wondrous fruit, merely giving us a reason to open our mouths for yet another bite of the succulent melon.
They are just too good to miss and, at the moment, the markets are piled high with gigantic specimens. 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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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.
Juices are a great way of getting the vital nutrients you need. Try this quick and easy recipe.
Watermelon and orange juice
300g watermelon flesh
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
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.
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.
These wraps make a great light lunch
Grilled chicken and watermelon wraps
2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
1 jalapeño (or chilli pepper), minced
1/2 small red onion, minced
1/4 cup each lime (or lemon) juice and chopped fresh coriander
1/4 teaspoon salt.
Toss all ingredients together in a bowl
Serve on 8 (6-inch) warmed wraps (lavaş) with sliced grilled chicken and crumbled cheese of your choice). Serves 4
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