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Jun 2, 2008

Watermelon Summer

Watermelon SlicesI’d never heard about the National Watermelon Promotion Board until last week, when a cheery CD Press Kit—filled with photos, facts, and recipes—arrived via snail mail from the folks at NWPB. And just in time for summer…
Most of us eat watermelon because it’s delish (and is there anything more refreshing on a hot day?). It’s also good for us, filled with more lycopene than tomatoes (15-20 mg per 2-cup serving), and it’s an excellent source of vitamsin A, B6, and C. Also, thanks to amino acids citrulline and arginine, watermelon helps maintain a healthy heart.
The press kit offers a few tips on picking the best watermelon available:
  1. Choose a firm, symmetrical watermelon free of bruises, cuts, and dents.
  2. Lift it up. It should feel heavy for its size—watermelons are, after all, 92% water.
  3. Turn it over. On the underside should be a creamy, yellow spot (the “ground spot”) from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.
Best thing in the kit was this recipe for Watermelon Cherry Mojito:
Watermelon Mojito

Watermelon Cherry Mojito

  • 3 fresh mint sprigs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup watermelon puree
  • 1 tsp cherry syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz light rum
  • Chilled sparkling water
  • 1 sugar cane stirrer
  • 1 lime wedge
Using a fork, press the mint with the back of a fork to coat the inside of the glass and leave it in the glass. Add the watermelon puree, cherry syrup, lime juice and rum. Stir well. Top with ice. Top-off the glass with sparkling water or club soda. Add the sugar cane stirrer and lime wedge to the glass and serve. Serves 1...but you, of course, will be making 2.
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