Food of the Month: Watermelon

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Watermelon, also known as the ultimate summer time treat, is well known for its high water content. However this juicy fruit packs a punch of nutrients as well. Watermelon is a significant source of vitamins A, C, and B 6. It is also high in the carotenoid lycopene, which is what gives watermelon, tomatoes and grapefruit their beautiful red or pink colour. Lycopene is also a powerful antioxidant that has been associated with heart and bone health as well as prostate cancer prevention. To maximize your lycopene intake, ensure that your watermelon has completely ripened before consuming. In addition, the powerful plant-based phytochemical citrulline is also found in high amounts in this revered and refreshing fruit. Although nothing conclusive has been proven, the research surrounding the consumption of high concentrations of citrulline has shown some promise in the areas of fat loss and reducing erectile dysfunction due to hypertension. Watermelon also has a modest amount of the mineral and electrolyte potassium, making it a perfect food to quench your thirst and help you stay hydrated on hot summer days. When trying to find that perfectly ripe watermelon, pick it up. It should feel… Read More

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Watermelon Mint Sorbet

Care of Ashley Sauve An extremely simple dessert (or breakfast)! Serves 4 Ingredients 4 cups watermelon cubes, frozen Handful of fresh mint Zest from one small lemon Directions 1. In blender or food processor, blend frozen watermelon with fresh mint and lemon zest. 2. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and enjoy!… Read More

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Wonderful Watermelon

Care of Ashley Sauve Watermelon is one of the greatest things about summertime. A cool, refreshing slice on a hot, muggy day is the ultimate treat. It seems like this juicy fruit was made to cool us down in the heat, which makes sense as it originated from the warm climates of southern Africa. In fact they are native to the Kalahari Desert, though the first recorded crop was depicted on a 3,000 year old Egyptian tomb using hieroglyphs. It might seem strange, but this is because watermelons were so nourishing, they were left as food for the afterlife!  Watermelon isn’t just a summer comfort food. It packs a pretty solid nutritional punch with its high lycopene content (something tomatoes are recognized for). Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient, vital for cardiovascular health, and has more recently been associated with bone health as well. The light coloured flesh close to the outer rind of the watermelon tends to contain higher concentrations of lycopene as well as flavonoids, phenolic antioxidants and vitamin C. So, be sure to enjoy all areas of the watermelon! It’s also been recently discovered that watermelons are significantly higher in lycopene when they are allowed to fully ripen. Read More

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