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Watermelon Salad – Yummo

Posted by gottabkd on Thursday, July 24, 2008

At this time of year watermelons are abundant, available and yummy. Whether cut up into bite sized pieces and chilled or tossed into an easy peasy summer salad, this summer favourite is fat free, cholesterol free and mostly water. It’s the perfect summer dieters snack which, because it’s mostly water also keeps you hydrated on those hazy lazy days of summer.

Although there are 200-300 varieties grown in the U.S. and Mexico, only 50 varieties are very popular. Below are the five varieties you will most likely see at your local store!

Picnic Watermelon Picnic
Jubilee (Oblong, 20-45 lbs. Large sized brown seeds)
Crimson Sweet (Round to oblong 16-35 lbs. Medium sized brown seeds)
Allsweet (Oblong 18-30 lbs. Small brown or black seeds)

 

 

Seedless seedless
Triploid Hybrid (Round to oblong 10-20 lbs. Seedless)

 

 

 

Ice Box icebox
Ice Box (Round, 5-15 lbs. Dark seeds)

 

 

 

Yellow Flesh yellowflesh
Seeded (Round, 10-30 lbs. Black seeds)
Seedless (Round, 10-30 lbs.)

 

 

Mini-Watermelon
Red Flesh (Round, 1-7 lbs. Most Seedless)
Yellow Flesh (Round, 1-7 lbs. Most Seedless)

One of my favourite easy peasy summer salad recipes is Watermelon Salad, also known as Mediterranean Salad, but this is my version of it.

Ingredients:
3 cups cubed seeded watermelon
1/2 cup sliced onion
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 seedless cucumbers, sliced or diced
cracked black pepper
Salad dressing of choice or

Mix together
1 part Balsamic vinegar
to 2 parts olive oil
generous amounts each: thyme, oregano and basil…. dried or fresh (preferably at this time of year). Make the dressing a day ahead add to salad at serving time.

Sometimes I add: chopped black seedless olives, diced tomatoes and for extra crunch, red/orange/yellow bell peppers.
You can also add the above to salad greens, just toss and serve.

For more recipes, check the Watermelon.org site or Classbrain.com for center piece watermelon displays like the watermelon piglet or just google watermelon and see what you come up with.

What ever it is, this delicious fruit goes well with sunshine and heat.

Watermelon fun facts:

  1. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
  2. Over 1,200 varieties of watermelons are grown worldwide in 96 countries.
  3. In some Mediterranean countries, the taste of watermelon is paired with the salty taste of feta cheese.
  4. Watermelon is 92% water.
  5. Watermelons official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
  6. By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
  7. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
  8. The first cookbook published in the U.S. in 1796 contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles.
  9. In 1990, Bill Carson of Arrington, TN grew the largest watermelon at 262 pounds that is still on the record books (1998 ed. Guinness Book of World Records).
  10. Watermelon has no fat or cholesterol and is an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C and contains fiber and potassium.

Cheers….

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