10 Facts about Summers Favorite Fruit
Happy Summer Everyone. Nothing says summer like an ice cold slice of watermelon. If you are like my mom, you may like yours with a little salt. (She says it brings out the sweetness. Umm yeah, I’m gonna let you have all of that.) So let’s jump into this cool, refreshing post like diving into your favorite swimming hole.
Today, August 3rd, is National Watermelon Day! Yep, that is fact number 1.
How interesting to know that one of my favorite summertime treats has a day that we can celebrate. Stay tuned for some watermelon inspired events and recipes. (in my Homer Simpson voice, Mmmm Watermelon)
Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so refreshing.
In this crazy hot weather, it is important to stay hydrated. So put down that soda pop and grab you a slice of watermelon. Watermelon was cool before fruit smoothies. (Hello, WATER is in the name.)
There are around 300 different kinds of watermelon in the U.S. and Mexico.
Can you imagine 300 different types of watermelons? Have you tried any of the varieties? I am definitely on the look out to try a few this summer. (The hunt is on, any suggestions of what to try?)
Picking a good watermelon is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
- Look the watermelon over. – should be a firm and symmetrical with no bruises, cuts or dents.
- Lift it up. – should be heavy for its size. It’s 92% water for goodness sake.
- Turn it over. – the underside should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat and ripened in the sun.
A two-cup serving of watermelon contains excellent levels of vitamins A, B6 and C.
Wow! So not only is watermelon full of water, you get vitamins too. (Yep, you had us at Watermelon.)
The origins of watermelon have been traced back to the deserts of southern Africa, where it still grows wild today.
So many amazing things have come from places we never imagined. Who would have thoughts of watermelons in Africa. (#MindBlown)
Watermelon is grown in warm places, making it available throughout the year.
If watermelon is available year round, where do we sign up. It would become a weekly treat. Envision having watermelon at Thanksgiving or Christmas. (What? Right next to the turkey would be a watermelon fruit bowl. Talk about great optics.)
Did you know you can feed up to three dozen people from just one watermelon?
One watermelon can go a long way. So grab three dozen of your closest friends and dig in. (Make it a true celebration. A BYOS Party- Bring Your Own Spoon, haha. What did you expect? Life is a Party!)
Watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the United States, followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
This did not come as a surprise. Watermelons are pretty consistent, taste-wise (see tip #4) (Cantaloupe and honeydew are a little suspect at times. No comparison.)
Watermelon has a website and a blog. www.watermelon.org.
Thank you to Watermelon.org for so much info on watermelon. Remember, we mentioned watermelon recipes and event ideas? Check out watermelon.org for watermelon-spired concepts.
I pray this information improves your consciously healthy life. Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you. Be sure to follow us on all Social Media @LifeIsAPartyLLC.
Until next time…
Always Remember, Life truly is a Party!