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Watermelon isn’t just a sweet, refreshing summer treat. It’s also a great source of vitamins and an antioxidant that helps prevent cancer!

Stop by your local grocery store or farmers’ market today to pick up a fresh watermelon for your summer meals.

What’s so great about watermelon?

  • Watermelon is a great source of vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as water.
  • It has more lycopene, an antioxidant that might prevent cancer, than any other fruit or vegetable.
  • It’s considered a fruit and a vegetable!

What’s the best way to eat watermelon?

  • Eat it fresh – sliced, cubed or in a fruit kabob.
  • Puree or juice the melon to retain all nutritional value and use overripe melons.
  • Roast the seeds.
  • Stir-fry, stew or pickle the rind.
 

Selection & Preparation

  1. Selection: Look for a firm melon without bruises, cuts, or dents, with a white or  yellow spot where the watermelon sat while ripening in the sun. 
  2. Refrigerate: No need to refrigerate before cutting. Once cut, refrigerate and eat within a few days. 
  3. Preparation: Wash with clean, running water and cut on a clean surface.
  4. Cooking: No need to cook, unless you are roasting the seeds or cooking the rind as described above.

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Watermelon Berry Popsicles

Recipe from watermelon.org

Ingredients

  • 5-6 cups seedless watermelon 
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries 
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey 

Directions

  1. Add watermelon, ½ cup of blueberries, ½ cup of raspberries and honey to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Press through a fine mesh strainer to remove pulp and seeds.
  3. Fill popsicle molds ¾ full with liquid. Add whole blueberries and raspberries to each mold.
  4. Insert sticks and freeze for at least 4 hours or until completely frozen.


Makes 12 popsicles.

Nutrition information per serving: 

  • Calories: 43
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fiber: 1g