Did you know the average person eats 16 pounds of watermelon per year? That’s pretty close to the weight of a typical medium watermelon – but I’m not typical nor am I average when it comes to most things and I could eat another person’s annual allotment in two days – now that’s #LivingOnTheWedge! My friends and family will agree that I often like to take moderation in moderation — sometimes over-the-top is under rated! There’s that time I tried to set a Guinness World Record in 6th grade for “Sitting on the Wall.” I held the hideous, quad-burning position for 1 hour and 37 minutes before the school nurse made me stop. Or, when I decided to run an out-of-town, 50 mile ultra-marathon race on a whim literally, on the morning of the event with no training or preparation other than serendipitously having packed my running shoes . . . . or, that time I won a beer drinking competition on my honeymoon. I don’t really even like beer.
But I do love watermelon! Here are some tips you should know about picking out, storing and serving watermelon:
Storing watermelon: The general rule of thumb is to keep your melons chilled between 32 and 55 degrees. Watermelons won’t ripen any further once they’ve been picked from the vine. However, a watermelon will stay fresh for around a week at room temperature. Freezing doesn’t work well for watermelon, except in the case where you want to use it in a smoothie or frozen treat recipe.
Cutting watermelon: As with any fruit or vegetable, you should wash the exterior before slicing into the flesh. You don’t want your knife to cross-contaminate the inside with any germs that were lurking on the outside. There are many ways to cut up and serve a watermelon – if you have the patience, you can even use a melon baller for a nice presentation. However, I like to cut my watermelon in half and cross-hatch it into spears for the quickest, most convenient way to serve.
If you have a watermelon tip to share, please post it in the comments. Or, better yet, join the group at my #LivingOnTheWedge Pinterest board.
If you haven’t already, enter my giveaway for a great Watermelon Prize Pack.
This is the last post in my #LivingOnTheWedge week but please go back and visit all the other the other watermelon love I’ve been sharing since July 1st, the start of National Watermelon Month.
- Day 1 – Watermelon Memories
- Day 2 – Workouts & Recovery with Watermelon
- Day 3 – Watermelon & Shrimp Skewers with Spicy Sweet Glaze
- Day 4 – Watermelon, Running & Hydration – Yummy Watermelon Drinks
- Day 5 – Watermelon & Chocolate – Whirled Watermelon Fudge Pie
- Day 6 – Watermelon Chia Seed Smoothies + More Frozen Beverages
The National Watermelon Promotion Board is providing me with compensation to share my love of watermelon. However, the opinions and content (unless otherwise noted) shared are my own and NWPB did not tell me what to say or how to say it.