Saturday, August 3rd is National Watermelon Day, so if you haven’t served it yet this summer, now’s your chance. Watermelon is a delicious, juicy fruit that stands alone perfectly, but it can also be added to a variety of sweet or savory dishes.
Like the name suggests, watermelon is 92 percent water making it a perfect addition to your diet on a hot, sweltering day. It’s also rich in vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium and lycopene, which may help reduce your risk of cancer.
While delicious eaten raw, watermelon is a great addition to salads and fruit salsas, can be tossed on a grill, or be turned into a refreshing drink. It’s also tasty with chicken or pork kabobs.
Just because watermelon has a thick rind, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash it before eating. As with all fruits and vegetables, watermelons must be properly washed to avoid the risk of contamination. Also wash your cutting board and knife, and always wash your hands before and after eating watermelon or any other fresh produce.