The Goodness of Watermelon

WATERMELON is high in the cancer fighting carotenoid, lycopene (also high in tomatoes).  Store whole melons at room temperature.  Melons stored in the fridge have 11-40% less lycopene, resorts USDA research.  

Utilize it to the max when in season:

RAW - Watermelon with spiced salt

Toast 2 tsp. cumin seeds and 1 tsp. fennel seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minuet and then grind them in a spice or coffee grinder.  Add 2 tsps. kosher salt and 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper.  Sprinkle watermelon cubes with the spiced salt, and top with a squeeze of lime.  Makes 4 servings.

Quick Cook

Watermelon salad with warm basil oil

Heat 1/3 cup EVOO in a small saucepan. Add 1/3 packed basil leaves and immediately puree the mixture in a blender.  Arrange 2-3 thin watermelon wedges (rind removed) on 4 salad plates. Top with a little thinly sliced red onion, drizzle with warm basil oil, and season with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.  Makes 4 servings.

Try our Watermelon Splash Smoothie

Source: Men's Health

Susan Arruda