There’s nothing quite like that first bite of perfectly ripe watermelon in the late spring - the kind where the juice dribbles down your chin but you don’t care because it is too good to stop and sop up the sticky, delicious mess! Pomegranate Market has organic watermelons in and boy are they wonderful!
Watermelon cultivation dates back to around 2000 b.c. - seeds have been found in ancient pharaohs tombs! Watermelons were also popular in Mediterranean cultures around the same time, and several regions in Asia show watermelons in their diet throughout history. According to John Egerton (a food historian), watermelons were introduced into the United States by African Americans around the year 1629. From there, they spread their seeds and American has been enjoying this wonderful melon ever since!
These melons are such a great contributor to one’s health, which makes consuming them all summer long totally worth it!
When you eat watermelon, you’re walloped with a good dose of vitamins A and C which we know are great for the immune system and are packed with antioxidants to help you look and feel great! The reddish pink tint of the watermelon is a good sign that it contains beta carotene which is good for everything from eyesight to cancer-prevention.
Watermelon contains electrolytes which are vital to muscle and nerve function, blood pressure and rebuilding damaged tissue. When we sweat, we lose electrolytes and one great way to regain them is through eating watermelon! Watermelon is very hydrating (hence the name) and can do a whole lot to keep us feel awesome all summer long!
To buy the perfect watermelon, look for one that is of decent size with minimal “scars” on the rind. Pick a melon that feels heavy for its size, as this indicates juiciness. When you knock on the watermelon with your knuckles the sound should be hollow and give back a slight echo. Chill your watermelon slightly before eating it to get the best flavor.
Try this watermelon recipe for an easy twist on eating watermelon and feed your happy!