Few natural treats beat the heat of August like chilled watermelon. Bite into a slice and its flesh dissolves into a sweet, refreshing juice that awakens your taste buds. On August 3, Watermelon Day, celebrate this summer fruit with its bright red hue and a taste like the sweetness of candy.
Typically harvested during summer months, you can find them at markets and farm stands everywhere. They can be as round as basketballs or shaped like ovals that weigh up to 100 pounds. While red flesh is most popular, there are pink and yellow varieties as well. One thing they all have in common is a high water content, hence the name.
Its flavor is infused into recipes that are both savory and sweet. Watermelon salad with feta and mint is a popular dish. Kids enjoy watermelon flavored candies and gum, and adults fall head-over-heels tipsy drinking watermelon-vodka martinis.
To celebrate Watermelon Day, pick up a couple. Infuse one with vodka for a refreshing cocktail and use the other for a side dish, snack or dessert. You can also plan ahead by purchasing seeds to grow your own and harvest the fruit of your labor to savor the flavor when August 3 rolls around next year.