Sweet Summertime Favorite – Watermelon

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girls at a watermelon standWatermelon is a summertime favorite! They are always refreshing on these hot summer days and a delight for a summertime picnic.

Once upon a time, watermelons were a traditional crop for Currituck County, but only in August. With the development of new cultivars, we can now enjoy this delicious, locally grown fruit from July through early September. They can be seedless and “icebox” size, as well as have pink, red, orange and yellow flesh.

In the early 1930’s Currituck watermelons were loaded on boats at the Coinjock Canal to be shipped out of the county. They were once known by old-timers in the area as “August hams” because of the shape and time of harvest.

Watermelon is considered a nutrient-dense food with a lot of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well as lycopene and amino acids. Lycopene has been linked with heart health, bone health, and prostate cancer prevention.

Try this delicious Avocado, Watermelon, Spinach Salad recipe to add more of this healthy food to your diet this summer.

Avocado, Watermelon, Spinach Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 large avocados – peeled, pitted & diced
  • 4 cups of fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups of cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing

Directions: In a salad bowl, toss together the avocado, watermelon cubes, and spinach. Stir in salad dressing just before serving. Enjoy!