Learn more about this refreshing summer fruit
How to select
Melons are best when picked at the peak of ripeness, yet still firm. Select melons that are symmetrical in shape, free of cracks, bruises, or soft spots. Melons should have a slight softness to the touch.
How to store
Set an uncut watermelon in a cool, dark place for no longer than four days. Store cut watermelon in an air tight container in the refrigerator. The sooner you eat it, the better. Watermelon flavor deteriorates after long refrigeration, and the flesh disintegrates quickly after removing it from the rind.
How to use
- The sweetness of watermelon pairs well with sharp cheeses. Enjoy a wedge with feta cheese, ricotta, sharp cheddar or Swiss.
- Add watermelon to savory summer salads along with cucumber, tomatoes and greens such as watercress, baby arugula and spinach. Top off your salad with fresh herbs such as mint, basil and chives then sprinkle with walnuts, almonds or pistachios.
Did you know...
- Watermelons are 92% water.
- By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the United States.
- According to Guinness World Records, the world's heaviest watermelon was grown by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tennessee in 2013, weighing in at 350.5 lbs.
How to cut watermelon
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