The Wonderful Watermelon

That's right, a whole post dedicated to this delicious rugby ball shaped fruit. The
fact is, watermelon isn't just a delicious treat.  This fruit has an amazing amount
of vitamins and nutrients wrapped in its red and green container.  Here are a few of
the benefits of eating watermelon whenever you can and a few tips on how to pick a
good one.
 
Benefits: Vitamin Rich: Excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamins B1 and B6, just to
name a few.
 
How to Select and StoreIf you are purchasing a pre-cut watermelon that has already
been sliced into halves or quarters, choose the flesh that is deepest in color and
lacks any white streaking. If the watermelon is seeded, the seeds should also be
deep in color, or white. When purchasing a whole, uncut watermelon, there are
several features to you'll want to evaluate. The first is its weight.
 
A fully ripened watermelon will feel heavy for its size. Heaviness in a watermelon is a good
thing because the water content of a watermelon will typically increase along with
ripening, and a fully ripened watermelon will be over 90% water in terms of weight,
and water is one of the heaviest components in any food Second, look for a
watermelon with a relatively smooth rind that is slightly dulled on top. The top and
the bottom of a watermelon are worth determining and examining on a watermelon. The
bottom or "underbelly" of a watermelon is the spot where it was resting on the
ground. If that "ground spot" is white or green, the watermelon is unlikely to be
fully ripe. A fully ripened watermelon will often have a ground spot that has turned
creamy yellow in color. Opposite from the ground spot will be the top of the
watermelon. In a fully ripened watermelon, that spot will typically not be shiny but
somewhat dulled. The green color may appear in many different shades, however, from
light green to deeper shades. Perhaps most controversial about ripeness testing of a
watermelon is whether or not to give it a thump. Experts who recommend thumping seem
to agree that a fully ripened watermelon will have a deeper, hollower "bass" sound
rather than a solid and shallow "soprano" sound.  
 
One of my favorite ways to eat watermelon besides just plain cut up is in our Watermelon and Feta Salad.  No matter
how you enjoy yours, now you know you are doing you and your loved ones a world of
good by serving up this happy and healthy treat.
  

Krista Numbers

Krista is the founder of Simplify Supper. She is passionate about making family dinner a priority and strives to provide simple solutions to make it happen.

Feb 02, 2014
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