Food Focus: watermelon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANothing says summer quite like watermelon, even though it increasingly turns up in grocery stores in spring.  It’s one fruit that (mostly) hasn’t been turned into a tasteless mushy mess by plant breeding (see: “delicious” apple).  Seedless watermelon seems to be the most popular, and lack of seeds certainly makes life easier, whether you’re packing up chunks of melon for lunch, or putting them in the blender for a smoothie.

A cup of watermelon chunks has less than 50 calories, and is a decent source of vitamin C, potassium and vitamin A.  Still, watermelon is mostly water, which makes it refreshing and filling.  Perfect for hot summer days.  A perfect dessert for dieters: 1 cup watermelon < 50 calories; 1 cup ice cream = 300 or more calories.

Some uses:

  • in chunks or melon balls in fruit salad
  • chunks or wedges, as a snack or appetizer.  Great for tailgates.  Great for kids.
  • slices as dessert at a picnic or barbecue.  Easy to take camping and slice up on the spot.
  • a refreshing hot weather drink: Blend 1 cup water melon chunks with 1/2 cup ice, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a teaspoon of sugar.  You can also add sliced strawberries for a different flavor.

 

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