Friday, August 3, 2012


Today is National Watermelon Day!

Celebrate it by enjoying the summer fruit. Did you know watermelon is the cousin of the cucumber? Watermelons were first grown in Africa, and the first recorded watermelon harvest was in Egypt about 5,000 years ago.

How cute are these? A fun tribute to watermelon you can probably recreate at home...
There's no need to pay for a fancy manicure... Use a Sharpie to draw on the seeds!

Fun fact: The largest watermelon was grown by Bill Carson of Arrington, Tenn., in 1990. It weighed 262 pounds!

Fun fact #2: China is the number one producer of watermelons in the world!

The National Watermelon Promotion Board has more fun facts, recipes, and printables to celebrate the preppy pink-and-green fruit.

Here is a yummy recipe to make with your watermelon:
Watermelon Strawberry Shake

1 container (8 ounces) lemon nonfat yogurt
2 cups cubed, seeded watermelon
1 pint fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled
1 banana medium, peeled and sliced

In blender or food processor, process yogurt,
watermelon, strawberries, and banana
until smooth and frothy. Serve immediately.

You can also turn your Watermelon Strawberry Shakes into popsicles:

Frozen Smoothie Pops
Watermelon Strawberry Shake (recipe above)
Small paper cups
Popsicle sticks
Pour prepared Watermelon Strawberry Shake into small paper cups.
Freeze, inserting popsicle sticks or plastic spoons when mixture is partially frozen.
Set and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. That recipe looks great! We love watermelon around here- usually have one on hand in the summer but can you believe that I have never made anything with one? This shake sounds great though! Have a good weekend!