Any Way You Slice It, Watermelons Are a Treat!

May to August is the perfect time to enjoy a family favorite treat:  watermelon!  Since it is the peak season, grocery stores and farmers' markets will have a huge supply of this delicious, juicy fruit at a low cost.  Watermelon is also a tasty, low-calorie way to stay hydrated in the summer heat and is full of nutrition that is important for your family's health.

How to Select:
  • Look for a watermelon with bright skin, firm, and free of cuts
  • Choose one that feels heavy for it's size.  "Water" melons contain more than 90% water and the ripest ones have the most water.
  • The underside should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground to ripen.
  • Cut watermelon will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

How to Prepare:
  • Wash watermelon thoroughly.
  • Cut watermelon in half and remove the rind to eat.
How to Serve:
  • Cut watermelon for a refreshing snack in the summer.
  • Let kids use a melon baller to scoop watermelon out and make melon kabobs.
  • Make homemade Watermelon Pops
  • Try cooling down with a Cool Melon Slushie

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