Wahoo for Watermelon

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Wahoo for Watermelon

By Anna Vorontsova

Huzzah! Sunny days have arrived and watermelons are beaming on the shelves of stores. This healthy, juicy treat is perfect for staying cool this summer and is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. Stuffed with Vitamin C, A, B6, B1, magnesium, potassium, citrulline (important amino acid),  beta-carotene, and minerals. The high water content of approximately 92% keeps thirst at bay.

This sweet, crunchy low calorie treat is loaded with benefits ranging from improving eye and brain health, minimizing cancer risk, maintaining electrolyte balance, improving kidney function, lowering blood pressure, detoxing the body, supporting healthy digestion, and improving insulin sensitivity. Making this succulent fruit a superior summer treat to indulge in during the hot summer days!

How to Select a Sweet Watermelon

-Preferably has an underbelly( the place indicating it was well rested on the soil), a yellowish or cream color tone on one side of the watermelon. Otherwise it was harvested prematurely.

-No such thing as nonsense knocking. Hold the watermelon with the left hand and with your right knuckles knock on the watermelon. Listen for a full, shallow sound, not deep. A deep sound sound can indicate lack of ripeness and a condition called hollow heart, produced by pollination problems or farmers expediting the process with more fertilizer and water than needed.

Scrumptious Watermelon Ideas 

- A surprisingly tasty summertime snack popular in Russia is making a watermelon sandwich. Add slices of watermelon   to fresh cut bread from the bakery ( preferably sourdough).
- Slice it into large bite size chunks with the rind, and freeze it. Can be stored for a week and eaten as a tasty frozen   snack.
- Puree it with other fruits to make a cold fruit soup or refreshing shake.
- Add watermelon to your favorite salad.
- Cut the watermelon and cheese into small cubes and serve with picks. Cheese suggestions include but not limited to  mozzarella, cheddar, jack, kashkaval, feta and emmental.
- Grill it and add a squeeze of lime.