It’s that time of year again. The days are long and hot and the watermelon is ripe for eating. But how much of our favorite fruit ends up going to waste? Too much, if you ask us!
Just one watermelon can feed up to three dozen people, making it No. 1 on the list of budget-friendly fruits. From the flesh to the juice, and even the rind, you can use every part of the watermelon to make delicious meals, snacks and beverages all year round.
This summer, challenge yourself to #UseTheWholeWatermelon with one of these simple solutions:
- Juice: Stay hydrated with watermelon. Pureeing or juicing the melon allows you to retain all the nutritional value and is the perfect alternative to tossing overripe watermelons. Drink as a stand-alone juice or create your own summertime concoctions, like a rejuvenating Rosy Red Superfood Smoothie, to help you recharge-
- Flesh: At 92 percent water, snacking on watermelon is a wonderful way to replenish fluids during sizzling summer months (or any time of the year). Not only is it packed with essential vitamins and nutrients, but it also adds a pop of red, pink, orange or yellow color to flavorful dishes. Enjoy a wedge out of hand or try adding watermelon cuts to your favorite snacks and meals. Or, take advantage of summer flavors and pair it with seasonal fruits to create a delicious Island Fruit Salad-
- Rind:Get the most out of your watermelon by reserving the rind. It’s completely edible and can be pickled, stewed or used as a vegetable in an ingenious Watermelon Rind Stir Fry. When cooked, the rind will soften and quickly absorb the flavor of your sauce, giving your meal a little extra oomph. Are you more of a juicer or do you prefer a sweet slice? Or perhaps you’re a watermelon pro and have mastered the rind? Show us how you’re using watermelon this summer by entering the “Use the Whole Watermelon” recipe contest!