WAT-about hER-MELON?

It is National Watermelon Day! 8-3-15 Watermelon Tractors 3

To celebrate this delicious fruit, I have compiled a list of some really awesome things to do with watermelon.

First things first, picking the perfect watermelon:

Find one that is heavy for its size. Watermelons are mostly water, so find that one that is heavier than it looks.

Find the yellow spot. This spot should be a creamy yellow, and it is where the melon was sitting on the ground. If the spot is white or not even there, put it back, this means the watermelon is under ripe.

“Knock, Knock. Who’s there?” When you knock on the melon it should have a deep hollow sound and your knuckles should bounce off of it. If the knock sounds dull, it means the flesh is soft –which you don’t want.

Last, but not least, make sure the watermelon is uniform in shape. Irregular bumps or knots could mean it got inconsistent amounts of sun or water.

8-3-15 Watermelon Tractor 2After you have picked your perfect watermelon, now it is time to make something delicious.

I cannot get enough of the all the watermelon carvings. These have become very popular for parties. I have seen them carved into some interesting designs and then used as serving bowls for mixed fruit.

8-3-15 Watermelon John Deere TractorOf course, at IL Corn our favorites are the ones that are carved to look like tractors.

These carvings are a fun way to make eating fruit exciting, especially for young children.

Watermelons don’t have to be limited to just cutting up and put into a fruit bowl. Below are some fun and interesting recipes that include the fruit of the day.

For the adults, Boozy Watermelon Mint Lemonade. Beat the summer heat with this pink drink. You will be the life of the party if you bring this refreshing cocktail. You could also substitute the booze for water to make virgin lemonade.

Sweet and Spicy Watermelon Salsa. This recipe is pico de gallo, but with watermelon instead of tomatoes. It is a great change of pace, and will satisfy the whole pallet. My suggestion would be to add in pineapple if you want some added sweetness.

Watermelon-Cucumber-BitesWant to try something outside the box? Try these Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Bites. I personally have never tried these, but they sound amazing! The recipe adds a maple-lime glaze that is sure to make them over the top good.

If you have other creative watermelon recipes, we would love to hear them! Drop them in the comments section below.

 

Hannah ZellerHannah Zeller
Communications Assistant

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