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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