We’re finally beginning to feel the heat this summer. With nothing but sunshine and triple digit temps on the horizon, it’s a prime time for a slice of fresh watermelon. Right now is when this tropical fruit thrives!
Watermelons hit their stride around summer’s peak in late July/early August. Water actually accounts for around 92% of its composition – a fitting name for such a refreshing, hydrating snack!
We love that distinct flavor contrast between sweet and crunchy – and just how versatile (& portable!) watermelons can be. From picnics in the park to backyard BBQ’s, by the pool or on the porch by sunset. Chances are, when you think back on times you’ve enjoyed a juicy slice of watermelon, those are happy times and cherished memories.
It’s a seasonal ingredient that enhances an appetizer or summer salad just as it can a cocktail or dessert. Enjoy these helpful tips from H-E-B Cooking Connection on how to go about choosing and carving the best watermelon of the bunch from your local grocer:
We also have a few of our favorite recipes in rotation on my site, Goodtaste.tv. Cooking Connection continues to make me a believer with this Southwest Watermelon Glazed Chicken. Low in fat, high in fiber and sautéed in a delish watermelon vinaigrette. All of the ingredients can be found at H-E-B:
The recipe to this Sindria a Issalata (Watermelon Salad) is a newer entry on Goodtaste. It comes from Arcodoro near the Galleria in Houston. A tasty Mediterranean salad with arugula, chunk seedless watermelon, ricotta and walnuts:
About the only type of soup we crave with this weather is this Watermelon Gazpacho from Olivette at The Houstonian. A refreshing, watermelon-infused super soup seasoned with Tabasco and garnished with freshly diced veggies:
Here’s a faithful, fruity concoction from La Maestra, Blanca Aldaco, and her 3 Aldaco’s Mexican Cuisine locations in San Antonio. Blanca’s Watermelon Margarita is made with Partida tequila and fresh watermelon juice: