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