While watermelon is a refreshing snack all summer long, August 3 is the national day to celebrate. When you're choosing a watermelon from the grocery store, pick it up. The melon should feel heavy for its size. Next, look for a spot on the bottom. If that spot is yellow, it means the watermelon spent plenty of time resting on the ground soaking up sun and water. If that spot is white, the watermelon probably didn't get enough time on the vine and won't be sweet. Look for a creamy yellow spot and you will be good to go.
Easy recipes with watermelon
There are more ways to eat watermelon than just cut up as a snack. Get creative in the kitchen and try these ideas for refreshing treats.
5 Minute Watermelon Strawberry Sorbet: This recipe from Dashing Dish is simple and sweet. Blend watermelon, frozen strawberries, sweetener, lemon juice and water. As an added bonus, you can freeze the leftovers for up to one month.
Watermelon Ice Pops: These ice pops only require three ingredients and they will cool you off on a hot August day. Just blend watermelon, sugar and lime juice until smooth and pour the mix into molds.
How to reuse the rind
Once you've eaten the inside of your watermelon, you can still impress your friends and family with these recipes.
Fruit Bowl: If you're entertaining guests, using a watermelon as a fruit bowl makes a decorative centerpiece. Hollow out your watermelon, then cut up honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple and your other favorite fruits. Serve them out of the watermelon bowl with a big spoon.
Punch Bowl: Mix your favorite juice and serve it out of a watermelon. Hollow out your watermelon, then pour in your drinks. Check out this recipe for Watermelon-Strawberry Lemonade. If you want to keep it simple, this Punch Bowl recipe calls for only watermelon and seltzer.
Compost the rind when you're done
When you're finished with your watermelon, don't throw the rind in the trash! Watermelon rinds can add a valuable component to a compost. The leftover pieces will contribute nitrogen, nutrients and moisture that is beneficial to the composting process. Be sure to cut the rind into pieces smaller than 3 inches long. Having small pieces in your compost creates more surface area for microbes to get to work breaking down the material.