watermelon recipes and tips

7 Things You Should Do with a Watermelon

Use these tips and recipes to make the best of the most summery of fruits.

By Editors


# 1: Look for the yellow spot.

#2: Save the cooling for last.

# 3: Wash before cutting.

#4: Stay hydrated.

#5: Make a smoothie.

#6: Enjoy it with cheese.

#7: Freeze it.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA— There may be no other fruit that’s as closely tied to summer as the beloved watermelon. Sweet and juicy as it is, it's also a nutritional powerhouse, full of lycopene that boosts the health of the eyes, skin, heart, and prostate gland.

But 25 years ago, watermelons were also the source of the worst pesticide poisoning in North America. A pesticide called aldicarb had been sprayed illegally on watermelons in California, which were then shipped to a few other states and Canada. In total, more than 2,000 people were sickened by the pesticide, 6 of whom died. Though the pesticide wasn't approved for use on melons, it was allowed on cotton, dry beans, peanuts, soybeans, sugar beets, citrus fruits, and sweet potatoes. Finally, after a quarter century of pressure from health advocates, the Environmental Protection Agency has initiated a phase out of the chemical, citing new evidence suggesting that it no longer meets their "rigorous food safety standards."

Now that watermelons are in season, it's time to enjoy all they have to offer, sans toxic pesticides. Find an organic watermelon grower near you and try one of these 7 ways to enjoy this sweet summer staple.

Published on: August 14, 2009
Updated on: August 20, 2010

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