Southern summers mean it’s watermelon time!
From toddlers to seniors, everyone can enjoy this juicy, cooling treat. At just one year of age, Marlow’s favorite snack is chunks of watermelon. I love watermelon juice, and we all enjoy watermelon infused water. To celebrate the end of watermelon season, I thought I’d share some of my family’s favorite watermelon treats and recipes!
But first, did you know that Georgia has it’s own watermelon association? I had no idea! Well now you know! Georgia Watermelon Association works to make improvements in the growing, grading, handling, transportation, distribution, and sale of watermelons. Read more here www.georgiawatermelonassociation.org
Here are a few fun facts! Watermelon is:
– extremely hydrating
– full of anti-inflammatories and antioxidants
– a great source for potassium, vitamins A, B, and C!
First, you need to know how to find a good watermelon. I know many old-timers thump them, but that doesn’t tell me anything. I like this recommendation from the Georgia Watermelon Association. You know it’s sweet and ripe if the field spot (yellow spot on the bottom) is creamy yellow. If it’s white or has no spot at all, then it’s not ripe yet.
Once I have that perfectly ripe melon, I cut it into chunks of about one inch square. I then use about half the chunks for snacking and the other half split between two of my favorite recipes that you’ll find below!
While the kids snack on the cut watermelon, I make Watermelon Water. It’s super easy! Add watermelon pieces, cucumber slices, and mint leaves to water! Chill and enjoy. Voila!
Then I make my all time favorite Watermelon and Feta Bites.
Watermelon Feta Bites
salt & pepper
Cut watermelon, feta cheese, and basil leaves into bit size pieces.
Place 1 chunk of watermelon, feta and basil leaf on a toothpick.
Next drizzle with balsamic glaze.
My mom makes a similar treat by mixing crumbled feta in with small watermelon pieces and chopped basil and drizzling with the glaze. Either way, the combination of tastes is wonderful.
Get your watermelon now while Georgia Watermelons are plentiful and tasty. Your family will enjoy it every bit as much as mine does. Be sure to save the recipe above or Pin it on Pinterest for later!
This post was sponsored by the Georgia Watermelon Association but all opinions and ideas are my own.