Best summer fruit? Watermelon, without a doubt! Here’s why and how to eat lots of this nutritious fruit all summer long.
If summer produce had an academy awards, it would go something like this… Best vegetable (OK I know it’s really a grain) goes to corn on the cob, for its starring role as grilled street corn. Best fruit – has to go to watermelon, for its starring role in EVERYTHING. I can’t even narrow it down to one or two starring roles or dishes, because they’re all so delicious and positively summery! Whether you eat it straight, over the kitchen sink, with juice dripping down your chin, or you use a ripe, sweet watermelon in a recipe, nothing says summer fruit quite like it.
It may not have an academy award, but it does have a special day. Yep, today, August 3, is National Watermelon Day. So let’s eat up and celebrate!
But first, a bit of watermelon nutrition trivia. Did you know:
- 2 cups of watermelon have only 80 calories and 21 grams of carb, from naturally occurring sugars. So many people are afraid of watermelon because it’s so high in sugar, but clearly it’s OK to eat up!
- It’s is an excellent source of cancer-fighting lycopene (the same compound found in tomatoes)
- Watermelon juice has been shown to reduce muscle soreness after exercise
- There is a science to choosing the perfect watermelon, and here it is:
And now for the how to eat it….
Quick – Run right out and buy a watermelon or two! How do you like to eat it?