Watermelon: Attack the beast

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Watermelon, cut up after attacking the beast.Summer fruits are the best! Just had to chop this big fella up today.  Watermelon means summer to me and brings back memories of my dad and driving round to find the best price when we were buying watermelons off the back of the farmer’s truck.

Watermelon is juicy

No matter how you cut it, it’s going to leak everywhere.  Best to do it outside if you can and be sure to eat loads of it while you are cutting.  The rind takes up a lot of space in the compost bin so if you have a tiny one in the kitchen like I do, you need to empty it straight away, otherwise your kitchen bin will fill with juice.

Salad anyone?

How does a salad sound with our friend the watermelon, some avocado, cucumber, coriander and lime?  I’m drooling!  Head on over to ambitious kitchen for the recipe.

watermelon, avocado, cucumber salad

Watermelon, avocado and cucumber salad

Watermelon for health

As if deliciousness and glamorous looks weren’t enough, it’s also a very healthy food choice.  Medical News Today published a good article with the nutritional breakdown:

One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) contains 43 calories, 0 grams of fat, 2 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrate (including 9 grams of sugar) and 1 gram of fiber. One cup of watermelon will provide 17% of vitamin A, 21% of vitamin C, 2% of iron and 1% of calcium needs for the day.

Watermelon also contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine. According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable.

Are you handy with a knife?

Watermelon carved swans

Carved watermelon

watermelon carved fish

Watermelon art with fish

They’re not just good for eating, you know.  Get that knife out and try your hand at a bit of fruity sculpting.  Be careful though!

Do you have a great way to cup up watermelon?  Please share it with me – I need the help!  How do you store it once it is cut up?

Watermelon, cut and ready to eat.

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