Watermelon cooler… It’s the berries!

Watermelon fizz cocktail

Cool off with fizzy watermelon

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Who would have thought the common watermelon is a berry? Botanists call its fruit a pepo, a special kind of berry with a thick rind and fleshy center.

Like other berries we love, the watermelon is packed with goodness. It has the most nutrition per calorie of any common food. Click the link for the latest info.

Watermelon is in season now, during the summer, so eat lots! It’s among the cleanest 15 commercial agribusiness fruits and vegetables available, so no worries about pesticide contamination.

How to enjoy watermelon

Watermelons retain most of their nutrition after being cut and stored in the fridge. But take the pieces out long enough for them to reach  room temperature. This maximizes the phytonutrient capacity.

Eat plain: Just quarter a large watermelon berry and slice off slabs. Eat the flesh right off the rind and spit out the seeds.

Use in a salad: Chop the flesh into bite-sized chunks and use them to top a plateful of greens. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and nut oil.  Top with crumbled feta cheese.

Make a summer cocktail: Here’s a recipe I’ve been loving these days, modified from Peri’s Spice Ladle.

Vinny’s pink watermelon cooler
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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Celiac Kitchen
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 12:09:22

    Reblogged this on The Celiac Kitchen and commented:
    As a follow up to the watermelon recipe, be sure and check out this post full of “healthy” information behind the watermelon. There’s also a few other recipes you can try.


  2. The Celiac Kitchen
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 12:05:00

    Awesome post and great recipes. I’ll be sure to add this link to my blog as well. It’s a great follow up with a lot of information.


  3. Peri's Spice Ladle
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 12:31:48

    A pleasure to read the numerous benefits of this versatile ‘berry’…one of the best ones being its refreshing taste! Thanks for adapting from one of my favorite recipes this summer, I like the idea of using raspberry vodka:)


    • Vinny Grette
      Aug 19, 2013 @ 12:34:58

      This recipe has seen a lot of use this summer, Peri! The other drink most often consumed here has been the green tea and pomegranate one posted earlier. This one is more festive, the other for every-day goodness. Love your blog! You post great food 🙂


      • Peri's Spice Ladle
        Aug 19, 2013 @ 13:01:21

        Thank you, Vinny, I love your site and how you bring attention to lesser known benefits of the foods we eat:) Just checked out the pomegranate and green tea one! Love it…I been traveling and missed some amazing posts on your site, catching up now!


        • Vinny Grette
          Aug 19, 2013 @ 16:19:34

          Pomegranate is a new food for me. I’ve only just started trying some of the more exotic foods that are finding their way into our northern markets these days. I think the more we know about a food’s benefits the more we can value it 🙂


  4. florapamela
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 03:15:55

    Interesting.I never knew water melon was a berry! You’ve got a nice blog.


  5. Tony
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 05:39:30

    Reblogged this on One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Longer and commented:
    Watermelon offers lots of beta-carotene and another antioxidant, vitamin C. Besides helping lycopene to ward off cancer, these vitamins also battle heart disease, arthritis, and asthma.


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