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Happy National Watermelon Day, Authentic Floridians!

Did you know that 100% of watermelon is usable? Yes, even the rind! Whether you’re eco-, budget- or health-conscious (or just taste-conscious!), challenge yourself to use the whole watermelon – flesh, juice, and rind. Check out our favorite watermelon uses!

 

Not only is watermelon is cholesterol-, fat- and sodium-free, it’s also an excellent source of vitamins A and C, a good source of vitamin B6, contains the antioxidant lycopene and the amino acid citrulline, is 92% water (supporting hydration) and only 80 calories per 2-cup serving.

 

In addition, watermelon is an excellent value: just one watermelon can feed up to three dozen people – ranking it #1 on the list of budget-friendly fruits at only 17 cents per serving.

 

It’s reported that 40% of food in the U.S. goes to waste. Using watermelon rind in recipes, as serving vessels or even in composting can create less food waste.

 

Watermelon Uses: Flesh

 

 

From deep reds and pinks to oranges, yellows, and white, watermelon flesh can also add a sunset of hues and sweet flavors to dishes year-round.
  • Diced into salads or salsas (tip: grab fresh cuts from the store for quick and easy!)
  • Skewered and grilled as kebobs
  • As a “personal” or mini watermelon when you don’t need too much
  • Simply enjoy a big, juicy slice!

 

Watermelon Uses: Juice

 

Source: https://www.flfwa.com/ – Florida Watermelon Association

 

In general, at 92% water, watermelon is an excellent choice for staying hydrated. Overripe watermelon? Don’t throw it out! Instead, juice or puree it to retain its value and nutrition.

  • Blended into smoothies – ideal for breakfast or as pre-workout fuel
  • Mixed into your favorite cocktail
  • Straight up! Pure watermelon juice is delicious and refreshing

 

Watermelon Uses: Rind

 

Source: Florida Watermelon Association

 

Last on our list of watermelon uses is the rind! Get more from your watermelon! The rind is often the most overlooked part of the watermelon. However, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find how delicious and fun eating the rind can be.
  • As part of a stir-fry
  • Sliced into a crunchy stir fry
  • Fermented for sweet-salty pickles
  • As a vessel or centerpiece for salsas, salads or smoothie bowls

 

An Authentic Watermelon Shark Carving

 

 

Looking for something family-friendly and fun to make at home! You can also find the instructions along with a how-to video here! Make sure to tag your creations using #AuthenticFlorida so we can see them too!

 

To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, visit www.Watermelon.org or www.flfwa.com/

 


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