July, National Watermelon Month Recipes, Nutrition, Growing, Selecting, Food Safety and Carving
The National Watermelon Promotion Board(NWPB) is a non-profit organization formed in 1989 by watermelon growers and shippers. Their goal is to increase consumer demand for watermelon through promotion, research, and educational programs. The NWPB has developed marketing programs to boost watermelon sales in supermarkets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Their site contains recipes, nutrition facts, fun games for children, lessons for educators and information for health professionals and the media.
Watermelon and Food Safety
1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before cutting watermelons.
2. Wash the outer surface of the melon with clean running water and dry to remove any dirt. If you purchase a pre-cut piece of watermelon, you should rinse the rind portion in fresh water and dry it.
3. Wash cutting boards, counter tops, scoops, knives and other equipment or utencils with hot water and soap to avoid cross contamination.
4. If you refrigerate the watermelon after purchasing, be sure to keep the watermelon cool.
5. Always refrigerate watermelon once you have cut into it. Place in a covered container or cover the cut surface with plastic wrap to prevent the melon from becoming mushy.
Nutrition Facts about Watermelon
Watermelon is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, contains no Trans Fatty Acid, no Cholesterol, very low in sodium and has only 46 calories in One Cup. Watermelon contains lycopene, an antioxidant which may reduce the risk of cancer.
Watermelon contains about 6% sugar and 92% water by weight. It is a great way to get additional fluids.
Creating Snacks or a
Light Meal using Watermelon
Watermelon Circles with Feta Cheese and Lentil Salad