Why We Love Them

A simple juicy slice of watermelon is pure summer bliss, but you can extend the joy by adding the gorgeous gourd to your lunch or dinner. Mix it with fresh meats and vegetables to make their savory notes pop, or add some heat to bring out even more of its natural sweetness.

Watermelon Fun Facts

  • Fresh Pick: Look for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that's free of bruises, cuts, or dents. A ripe one will feel heavy for its size and have a creamy yellow spot in the place where it sat on the ground— a white spot may mean it's unripe.

  • A hollowed-out watermelon rind makes a practical and pretty bowl for a smoothie or punch.

  • Try pureeing watermelon flesh in a food processor or a blender and pouring it into ice trays to freeze; the cubes add extra flavor to summer teas and cocktails.

  • Watermelon is about 92 percent water, making it a great snack for rehydrating and recovering after exercise; one small study found that the juice may even help prevent muscle soreness post-workout.

    Get the recipes: Watermelon Salad with Bacon and Summer Vegetables, and Grilled Watermelon Steaks with Feta and Orzo Salad

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