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Watermelon time

Watermelon Time!

Sweet juicy watermelons are a summertime treat.  I found some great information about watermelons from the National Watermelon Promotion Board.  Be sure to check their website. They have great recipes for kids and wonderful tips for carving melons for a theme party.

Nutritious Fruit

Watermelons are a nutritious part of your food plan.  Watermelons are high in lycopene and have excellent levels of vitamins A, B6 and C.  Two cups diced watermelon is a serving.  Each serving has 80 calories, zero fat, no cholesterol and has 10% of the daily reference value for potassium. 

How to Choose a Watermelon

  1. Find a firm symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents.
  2. The melon should be heavy for its size.
  3. Turn it over.  The underside should have a creamy yellow spot from where it set on the ground and ripened in the sun.

Storing and Handling a Watermelon

  1. Handle gently to avoid internal bruising.
  2. Wash hands.
  3. Wash the melon in running water, rinse well and pat dry.
  4. Cut the flesh from the rind and cut into 1 inch cubes.
  5. Keep watermelon refrigerated until consumed, about 3 – 4 days.

Watermelon Banana Split

  • 2 bananas                                                    
  • 1 c. sliced strawberries
  • 1 medium watermelon                               
  • ¼ c. caramel fruit dip
  • 1 c. fresh blueberries                                 
  • ¼ c. honey roasted almonds
  • 1 c. diced fresh pineapple

Peel the bananas and cut in half lengthwise, then cut each piece in half.  For each serving place 2 banana pieces against sides of shallow dish.   Using an ice cream scoop, place 3 watermelon scoops in between each banana piece.  Remove seeds if necessary.  Top each scoop with a different topping.  Drizzle with caramel dip and sprinkle with nuts.

"Shark" Carved Watermelon

  • 1 oblong seeded watermelon                   
  • Dry erase marker
  • Large knife                                                   
  • Smaller utility knife
  • Large spoon                                                 
  • Paring knife or vegetable peeler
  • 2 large marbles                                           
  • Toothpicks or wooden skewers
  • Swedish fish candies for garnish

Wash and dry the melon.  Cut off 1/3 of melon at a diagonal.  Stand the remaining 2/3 upright on your work surface.  Use a dry erase marker to draw the mouth line and eye sockets.   Cut out the mouth.  Trim back ½" line of the green part of the rind for the teeth area.  Use a large spoon to scoop out the watermelon.  Leave 3" of watermelon intact at the base.

Cut out the teeth using a smaller utility knife.  Use melon-baller to cut out the eye sockets that match the size of the marbles.  Use the paring knife to trim the green area around the eyes.  Insert marbles.

Use the carved out rind from the mouth to make a dorsal fin. Attach the fin with toothpicks.  Fill the mouth with watermelon and accent with Swedish fish.  

For more information, contact: 

Nancy A. Freeman, County Director
Harrison County Extension Service
(228) 865-4227

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