Tuesday, August 3, 2010

National Watermelon Day

Did you know that today is National Watermelon Day? I did not know this until KLOVE announced it this morning! Thank you KLOVE!

After I found out about this holiday, that I had never heard nothing about, I had to do some research. National Watermelon Day is always on August 3rd. As it turns out watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S. There are several varieties of watermelon including different inside and outside colors. This one article I found talks about how watermelons can be broken down into four main categories: Picnic, Seedless, Icebox, Yellow/Orange Flesh. If you want to know more check out this link Know Your Watermelon for Watermelon Day!

Watermelon has no fat or cholesterol and is an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C and contains fiber and potassium. A watermelon contains about 6% sugar and 92% water by weight. The inner rind of the watermelon, which is usually a light green or white color, is edible and contains many hidden nutrients that most people avoid eating due to its unappealing flavor. For more fun facts about watermelon click here.

Here are a few watermelon recipes you might want to try:
Big Top Watermelon Salad
Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast with Watermelon-JalapeƱo Salsa

Remember, watermelon is a filling food, so be sure to have a slice or two of it today to celebrate National Watermelon Day!!

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