Did you know that Georgia is one of the largest producers of watermelon in the United States? That’s right! Just down the road, thousands of watermelons are shipped out and consumed by families all over the country each year.
Watermelon gets its name because it’s literally made up of about 92 percent water. All of that hydration boosts big benefits for your body. According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, just a cup of diced watermelon provides 21 percent of the daily value of vitamin C, 18 percent of vitamin A, as well as, vitamin B6, lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.
A Summer Staple
Nothing says summer quite like devouring a ripe and delicous slice of watermelon. But transitioning from enjoying the beloved fruit to slicing it for your family can be a real sticky mess. If you’re getting ready for a fun family holiday and can’t quite figure out the right way to cut your melon, we’re here to help.
The Perfect Slice
From the old-fashioned triangle cut to a yummy collection of melon balls, we tried out the many different ways to slice the pink and green delight and we’ve come up with our new favorite—Watermelon Sticks! Here’s how to try it at your next picnic:
Step 1: Remove the rind.
Did you know that the rind is actually edible? But many people don’t like to eat it. To remove, use a knife to cut off the bottom of the melon (about an inch of the way) so that it can stand firmly on a cutting board. (If you find the rind hard to remove or if you have a large melon, you can cut the watermelon in half before removing the rind.) Use the knife to shave off the green rind until only the pink fruit is left. Remove all white spots. Leave the watermelon on the cutting board.
Step 2: Cut the melon.
If you haven’t done so already, slice the watermelon in half to form two equal parts. Then begin to slice the watermelon vertically into roughly nine distinct parts. Rotate the cutting board, and slice the watermelon horizontally into nine distinct parts.
Step 3: Transfer to the bowl.
Leaving the watermelon on the cutting board, cover it with a large bowl so that it looks upside down. Then, flip the entire cutting board over so that the pieces are arranged nicely into the bowl.
Step 4: Get ready to entertain.
Now that your watermelon fits nicely in a large bowl, simply add food sticks to each slice of watermelon so that your family or guests can easily remove it from the bowl without getting sticky.
You’re ready to celebrate or just enjoy some blissful fun with this healthy summer snack.