Watermelon To The Rescue

Watermelon is one of our favorite summer indulgences. But is it a fruit or a vegetable. Can it be both? AARP recently published some interesting facts on our favored summer friend - providing the perfect excuse to educate, and follow with some delish recipes featuring watermelon - fruit or vegetable! Watermelon Dessert Pizza. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Watermelon To The Rescue

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Watermelon To The Rescue

Watermelon is one of our favorite summer indulgences. But is it a fruit or a vegetable. Can it be both? AARP recently published some interesting facts on our favored summer friend – providing the perfect excuse to educate, and follow with some delish recipes featuring watermelon – fruit or vegetable!

Watermelon is one of our favorite summer indulgences. But is it a fruit or a vegetable. Can it be both? AARP recently published some interesting facts on our favored summer friend - providing the perfect excuse to educate, and follow with some delish recipes featuring watermelon - fruit or vegetable!

Spicy Grilled Watermelon. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

When it comes to watermelon, According to AARP:

  • They’re both nutrient-dense and 92 percent water
  • Watermelon fits the criteria for fruit because it has seeds; but it’s also but it’s also from the same family in which you’ll find cucumbers and squash
  • Just like Jungle Red Lipstick, the redder the better. It signifies the level of lycopene, an antioxident, which can reduce the risk for cancer and stroke
  • They have the Beyoncé seal of approval. She recently invested in a company that turns surplus watermelons into a cold-pressed watermelon juice
  • It’s good for prostate health
  • Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin A, but needs to be eaten with a little fat in order to increase absorption
  • The fruit-a-vegetable is a good source of potassium, which is good for most; however, if you have high levels of potassium in your blood or suffer from kidney disease, experts recommend no more than one cup per day

Recipes To Get Your Watermelon On!

Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad

The combination of sweet watermelon, juicy heirloom tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, bright herbs and salty feta is perfection!

Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad. Photo: Roni Proter.

The combination of sweet watermelon, juicy heirloom tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, bright herbs and salty feta is perfection! Recipe here.

Watermelon, Berry and Avocado Salad

This fresh & flavorful summertime salad features the super food nutrition of fresh blueberries and avocado paired with wedges of sweet watermelon, mixed berries and fresh greens finished with crumbled feta cheese and a lively splash of seasoned rice vinegar.

Watermelon, Berry and Avocado Salad. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

This fresh & flavorful summertime salad features the super food nutrition of fresh blueberries and avocado paired with wedges of sweet watermelon, mixed berries and fresh greens finished with crumbled feta cheese and a lively splash of seasoned rice vinegar. Recipe here.

Watermelon and Bleu Cheese

Remember, fat helps increase absorption of the Vitamin A in watermelon. Here’s a culinary combo you might not have tried. The contrasting flavors of watermelon and bleu cheese create a delightful taste experience.

Watermelon and Bleu Cheese. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Remember, fat helps increase absorption of the Vitamin A in watermelon. Here’s a culinary combo you might not have tried. The contrasting flavors of watermelon and bleu cheese create a delightful taste experience. Recipe here.

Watermelon Mint Aqua Fresca

This delicious, easy-to-make watermelon-centric drink is perfect for a romantic evening or anytime!

Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca courtesy of Hestan and The Culinary Institute of America

This delicious, easy-to-make watermelon-centric drink is perfect for a romantic evening or anytime! Recipe courtesy of Hestan and Chef Sandy Sauter of The Culinary Institute of America.

Dr. Ruby’s Watermelon Lemon Splash

From Dr. Ruby Lathon’s Veggie Chest series, which focuses on vegan cooking demonstrations, a delicious, refreshing, seasonal Watermelon Lemon Splash.

Dr. Ruby’s Watermelon Lemon Splash. Photo: Ruby Latham.

From Dr. Ruby Lathon’s Veggie Chest series, which focuses on vegan cooking demonstrations, a delicious, refreshing, seasonal Watermelon Lemon Splash. Recipe here.

Enjoy some watermelon this season!

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