I’m so excited: I bought a watermelon yesterday for just $3.99, which means it’s officially Watermelon Season in my book! Watermelon is one of my all-time favorite fruits… I don’t want to look like one, but I love to eat them!
I cut half of it up to enjoy with dinner tonight, and it was finger-licking, lip-smacking, melt-in-your-mouth delicious. When I fed a bite to my husband while he manned the grill, he said “Holy crap! That’s quite possibly the best watermelon I’ve ever had!” I couldn’t agree more. Sweet, juicy, bright pink – simply perfect.
Run out and buy yourself a watermelon – and then eat it. It’ll fill you up with its delicious fiberifficness!
How to Choose a Watermelon
- Look the watermelon over: You are looking for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents.
- Lift it up: The watermelon should be heavy for its size. Watermelon is 92% water; most of the weight is water.
- Turn it over: The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.
Health Benefits of Watermelon
- Watermelon is the Lycopene Leader in fresh produce, having higher concentrations of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. In fact, fresh watermelon contains higher levels of lycopene than fresh tomatoes – a 2-cup serving of watermelon contains an average of 18.16 mg and one medium-sized tomato contains 4 mg.
- Watermelon has heart healthy properties because it is naturally low in saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol.
- Watermelon is practically a multivitamin unto itself: A 2-cup serving of watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin A (important for optimal eye health), Vitamin B6 (used by the body to manufacture brain chemicals [neurotransmitters], such as serotonin, melatonin and dopamine, which preliminary research shows may help the body cope with anxiety and panic), and Vitamin C (which helps bolster your immune system’s defenses against infections and viruses and is known to stimulate the immune system and protect against free radical damage.
For more information on watermelon’s health benefits – and all things watermelon! – visit www.watermelon.org.