Ontario Watermelons | Heavy on the Arms, but Worth the Work

Now that you lugged that gigantic watermelon home it is important that you know how to make the most of it! It is crucial that you wash all parts of the watermelon to remove dirt and bacteria. It might be tempting to use soap, but all you need is water and a produce brush. The easiest way to prepare your watermelon is to slice it, you get your most bang for your buck this way.

Another way to serve it, that is more on the fun-side, is to use a melon-baller. This makes it really easy to add some watermelon to your fruit salad!

Before you cut your watermelon, it can be stored room-temp for about a week. Once you cut it, it is best to store it between 2-3 days in an airtight container in your refrigerator.

All you need to do is open up your fridge and enjoy!

Ontario Watermelons | You Can’t be Sure Until You Open it up!

A watermelon is a lot like a present. It could be wrapped really nicely but inside it could something you did not expect. Some people swear by the tapping test, but it still won’t guarantee the perfect melon. To avoid this problem, follow these simple steps at the farmers market before you take home your watermelon

1. You want your watermelon to be firm, symmetrical and dark green
2. Make sure that you watermelon is heavy for its size, the more water that is inside, the more ripe it is
3. Check the “ripe spot”. This is the spot it on the bottom of the melon and you want it to have a light yellow or creamy colour. This colour means that the watermelon was picked at peak time.

Ontario Watermelons | Juicy and Oh-so Refreshing

Can you believe it is already August? The days are long and hot, and what better way to cool off than some local fresh watermelon! Watermelon is no doubt the fruit that symbolizes summer. It can even be more refreshing than a glass of cold water!

Did you know that watermelon consists of 92% water and 8% sugar. It is also an ideal health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C!

Similar to tomatoes, watermelon is also a vegetable. It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash. And not that it should ever come to this, but it definitely useful to know that every part of the watermelon is edible, that includes the seeds and rind!

By the end of this week you will know all there is about the summer favourite, watermelon!