Everything You Need to Know About Watermelon

Disclaimer: This post was developed in sponsored partnership with the National Watermelon Promotion Board 

During this uncertain time, I have been spending a great amount of time in my kitchen and for me, I am happiest there. My kitchen is a safe space where I can do what I love most: cooking and of course, eating. The National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB) recently saw some of my recipes and heard that I wasn’t a huge fan of Watermelon since I never knew how to properly prepare or pick the right one. To change my mind, the NWPB shared with me their steps on how to select, cut and cook the perfect Watermelon and I’m excited to share them with all of you! 

I knew that if I was going to be creating a Watermelon recipe, it had to combine some of my favorite ingredients, which is why I chose to make a Watermelon Feta Salad! The best part about this dish is that you only need 4 ingredients for this easy and tasty recipe. Keep reading below for my tips on how to properly select, cut and cook a watermelon straight from the NWPB. 

One of the most common misconceptions about Watermelon is that it can only be enjoyed during the summer, but this is not true! Watermelon is not just a summer fruit and can be enjoyed year-round. All you need to know is how to properly select and cut a watermelon and you’ll be able to enjoy this refreshing fruit whenever you’d like!

Below are the 3 steps provided by the NWPB to pick the perfect watermelon: 

  1. Look at your watermelon– Make sure that the watermelon is free of any gashes, bruises, or soft spots. 
  2. Pick up the watermelon – Watermelon is 92% water so it should be very heavy for its size.
  3. Turn the watermelon over and look for the ground spots. The ground spot is where the watermelon sat on the ground and ripened in the sun. The spot should be a buttery yellow- not too white, green or overly yellow. 

Now that we know how to pick the perfect watermelon year-round, it’s time to discuss how to properly cut the fruit. In my Watermelon Feta Salad recipe video that I posted on my Instagram, I shared the entire start to end process on how I cut my Watermelon. The steps were provided by the NWPB on their website, and it was my first time cutting a Watermelon this specific way into cubes. I could not believe how easy and quick the tutorial was to follow and how well my diced Watermelon came out! Check out the video from the NWPB tutorial here: https://www.watermelon.org/watermelon-101/watermelon-how-to/

My Watermelon & Feta Salad is a staple dish in my household, especially because it can be enjoyed for lunch, dinner or a mid-afternoon snack! One of the main reasons why I choose to cook with Watermelon is because of its health benefits. Watermelon contains Vitamin A (8% DV) and Vitamin C and is also 92% water, which helps keep you hydrated! Whether you choose to use the flesh of the Watermelon to dice into salsas or salads, grill as skewers for kabobs, or simply enjoy as a big, juicy slice- you will thoroughly enjoy the fruit, as Watermelon adds a sunset of hues and sweet flavors to dishes year-round. Keep reading for my Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe below! 

Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

1/4 of a Whole Watermelon, cubed

1 Brick of Lite Feta Cheese (1/2 cup diced)

1/4 cup of Olive Oil

1/4 cup of Mint, chopped

1 tsp. of Black Pepper

Directions.

1. Follow the NWPB Video Tutorial on how to properly cut a Watermelon into cubes here: https://www.watermelon.org/watermelon-101/watermelon-how-to/

2. Once the Watermelon is diced, place cubed Watermelon into a big mixing bowl. Meanwhile, chop the feta into small cubes and mint. Set aside. 

3. Add the feta, olive oil and mint to the bowl of Watermelon. Mix together. 

4. Add black pepper on top and extra mint for garnish. 

5. Serve and enjoy! 

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