Watermelon? is a delicious and refreshing fruit, helps you cool down from the summer heat. It is low in calorie, and also a nutritional powerhouse.
Watermelon is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a melon that’s 98 percent water. Due to its high water content, it helps you hydrate and feel full.
No doubt, watermelon is everyone’s favorite summer fruit. A chilled watermelon slice can be a refreshing summer treat for a hot summer day. It can be a quick low-calorie treat after a post work and is so good for your health.
Even if the watermelon is mostly eaten as a fruit, it got lumped in with vegetables in some circles of thought. Consumption of Watermelon not only contributes towards healthy skin but also improves the immune system.
Watermelon is considered as cucumber’s cousin as they belong to the same family called, Cucurbitaceae, which includes gourds as well.
Like its cousin-cucumber, the entire watermelon can be eaten, although people tend to only eat the inner pink flesh and throw away the watermelon rind. The black seeds and rind is entirely edible and has many health benefits.
How to pick the right Watermelon:
1. Look for the field spot: The field spot is where the watermelon was resting on the ground. If the field spot is a creamy yellowish spot, means the watermelon had enough time to ripen in the sun and perfectly ripen. If the field spot is white, (or not even there) this probably means that the watermelon is under-ripe.
2. Lift it up: Large or small, the watermelon should feel heavy for its size, which means there’s more water in it and therefore nice and ripe.
3. Knuckle Knock: Give the watermelon a firm grip with your knuckles, a ripe one will have a deep hollow sound. Under-ripe or over-ripe melons will sound dull.
4. Inspect the tail: A dried out tail means, the melon is ripe. A green tail indicates that melon was picked too soon and not ripe.
Fruit tastes delicious as is but if you are not able to finish all, here are some of the ways to store the leftover watermelon.
How to store Watermelon:
- Set an uncut watermelon in a dark, cool location for up to four days.
- Wrap a cut watermelon half tightly with plastic wrap and store in your refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
- Store cut watermelon pieces in an airtight container in your refrigerator. The watermelon will lose its freshness and sweetness in 3 to 4 days.
- Freeze watermelon cubes for up to 6 months
My favorite method of storing leftover watermelon is to freeze and use when needed to make watermelon coolers, instantly without worrying of heading to a store to pick a watermelon. A great way to save time and money!
How to freeze Watermelon:
Step 1: To freeze, cut the watermelon into cubes, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Step 2: Put the sheet in the freezer and let the watermelon freeze for a few hours.
Step 3: Once the watermelon is firm and solid, place in an airtight container or freezer safe ziplock bag and put back in the freezer.
Remember frozen watermelon will be mushy when it’s thawed, the best way to use frozen melon is to make smoothies or milkshakes or sorbets or ice cream.
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