Ah, there’s nothing like a cold slice of juicy watermelon on a hot summer day! My kids love the stuff and beg for it all year, but I almost never buy it until it’s in season. Mostly because it’s too expensive and has to come from who knows where, where pesticides that are illegal here are likely used. Watermelon is one of the best things you can eat in the summer. It has special nutrients (not to mention all that water!) to keep you healthy during hot weather.
Interestingly, there is evidence that you shouldn’t refrigerate your watermelon. Watermelon loses lycopene (that nutrient that’s also present in tomatoes and that helps prevent cancer) when it’s too cold. If you leave it at room temperature, the lycopene in it will climb from about 20% to even double the normal levels. And it also lasts longer if left on the counter. You can chill it slightly before you eat it, but don’t store it in there long term.
Here are a couple of yummy watermelon recipes for you to try.