Happy National Watermelon Day! Nothing beats a big slice of perfectly ripe, icy cold watermelon on a hot summer afternoon. And BONUS: Watermelon has lots going for it healthwise, so it’s a guilt-free treat. Here are 5 fun facts to impress your friends at the next BBQ.
an amino acid that converts to arginine, which helps to dilate blood vessels and may help blood pressure. It’s a decent source of potassium, vitamin C, beta-carotene and it’s even been shown to reduce your risk of developing osteoarthritis.
3. Peak watermelon season is mid-June to late August.
4. A ripe watermelon will sound hollow when you tap on it.
Other tips, you ask? Finding the perfect watermelon can be tricky. In addition to sounding hollow when you tap on it, the rind will look slightly waxy, not dull. The bottom should be yellowish, a sign that it’s been allowed to ripen in the field. When buying cut watermelon, look for the reddest, firmest flesh. Paleness is a sign of unripe fruit, and mealiness signals over-ripeness.
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