Summer Food Feature: Part Two

WatermelonJuiceSmallThis month’s Summer Food Feature is dedicated to watermelon. That infinitely delicious, sweet slice of seasonal goodness!

For all things watermelon, we did some research and found some great info on this seemingly perfect summer food.

Alas, with more than 300 varieties of watermelon harvested in the U. S and South America, the growing season extends year-round, but traditionally the summer sees the most demand.

Some other fun facts:

  • The first recorded watermelon harvest? Egypt about 5,000 years ago (harvests have even been found depicted in hieroglyphics on ancient Egyptian structures)
  • By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S. (followed by cantaloupe and honeydew)
  • First cookbook appearance: 1796 in ‘American Cookery’ by Amelia Simmons, containing a recipe for watermelon rind pickles
  • Watermelon is 92% water
  • Watermelon health benefits: great source of vitamins A, B6, and C, potassium and Lycopene; all delivering nutrients to help reduce risks of heart disease, and boost immunity and antioxidants
  • Today, August 3rd 2016, is Watermelon Day!

Healthy and delicious, what’s not to love? Another benefit: versatility. Add this versatile fruit to your food & beverage menus, for great summer food recipes (and beyond).

Start with diced watermelon feta salad with a light, mint-dressing; add watermelon to your greens and cold pasta dishes for refreshing, sweet watermelon salads; grill and incorporate into a fruit kabob side dish or a creative topping for grilled chicken or fish. At the bar, puree watermelon as a fresh juice offering, add to creative cocktails or mix with lemonade for a cool, sweet-tart treat. And for dessert? Guests will love watermelon sorbet, tarts, and parfaits for dessert.

*fresh & delicious: watermelon juice @watermelon.org

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