When you think of a summer time fruit, watermelon is on the top of the list for most of us and for good reason! They are juicy, crunchy and colorful. Watermelon has a very high water content amount, approximately 92%, which is why it’s the perfect food to cool you down on a hot summer day.

Watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health, vitamin C, which helps strengthen your immune system and vitamin B6, which helps convert protein to energy.

For a recent family birthday we made a watermelon cake, it took very little time to put together, it was healthy and it was a big hit! There are many different ways to make a watermelon cake, since time wasn’t on my side I went with a quick version. I just sliced up the watermelon into triangles and stacked them into a circular shape. Then I used a mini cookie cutter to make some flower shapes and a melon baller for decorate the top and voila it was finished!

Here are some tips for purchasing watermelon.

  • Select a watermelon that seems very heavy for its size. Heaviness in a watermelon is a good thing because the water content of a watermelon will generally increase with ripening. So a heavy watermelon usually means it’s ripe!
  • The underbelly of a watermelon should be a creamy yellow color; this is the spot where it has rested on the ground. If it’s still green it’s probably not ripe enough.
  • I find that if you hold the watermelon in one hand and tap the top with your thumb, if you hear a hollow sound and feel the tap right away with your bottom hand then it will usually mean a fully ripened watermelon. But this isn’t an exact science 

Once you bring home your watermelon be sure to wash it before cutting it. You never know how many hands have touched that watermelon and what sprays it might have on it so give it a good rinse! You don’t want to cut through and spread any germs or chemicals to the fleshy part that you eat

Here is a great method from Super Healthy Kids on how to easily cut a water melon http://www.superhealthykids.com/healthy-kids-recipes/the-best-way-to-cut-a-watermelon.php

Any way you slice it, eating watermelon is a perfect snack during the summer, it’s healthy, juicy, crunchy and oh so good!

Do you have a favorite tip for selecting or cutting watermelon?

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Kia Robertson DrGreene.com contributor

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