Probably the most unique quality of a juicy, Florida watermelon is its versatility and, of course, its deliciousness (no matter how you choose to prepare it)! This juicy fruit is appropriate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a great in-between snack to jumpstart your day in a healthy way. For those who enjoy baked goods, watermelons can be used for a yummy Melon Muffin dessert, listed on the Fresh From Florida website under recipes. And for those carnivores who enjoy fresh meat, you can spice it up on the grill with a great Pork and Watermelon Kebobs included on the National Watermelon Board’s website. It’s even great for seafood lovers, as Fresh From Florida offers a simple Watermelon and Shrimp Cocktail Skewers recipe and many other entrees on its website.
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, it’s a good idea to consider adding fresh watermelons to your recipe to ensure a tasty meal for your celebration with friends and family. Worried about feeding a large group of people at your BBQ? Well, another wonderful thing about watermelons is that you can feed up to three dozen people with just a single melon, adding great value to your purchase. Florida is one of the leading states in watermelon production, and the tasty crop is available April thru mid-July.
With every savory slice of watermelon, there are endless benefits to take advantage of. Watermelons offer a variety of nutrients for better health, containing optimal levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, according to the National Watermelon Board. Consisting of 92% water, this fresh fruit serves as a valuable source of potassium and lycopene, which may help to prevent heart disease, various cancers and protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Slice it and dice it; however you choose, don’t forget to try these creative and easy recipes to spruce up your holiday celebration!