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Love Watermelon? Try These Recipes!

From the Latin Citrullus lanatis, the watermelon–which is 92% water– is said to have originated in South Africa where it grows wild. Its fruit is called pepo by botanists, which means a berry with a thick rind or exocarp. There are 1,200 varieties of watermelon in the world (flesh colors can be red, orange or yellow) with China today the largest producer of the much beloved and versatile fruit. In that country, its rinds are commonly stewed, pickled or stir-fried in olive oil, garlic, chili peppers, scallions, sugar, and rum.

In parts of Japan, farmers grow cube-shaped watermelon by placing seeds in square forms where the fruit grows into that shape. This is done for easier stacking and storage.

Throughout the U.S., pickled watermelon rind is also fairly common, with wine made from watermelon juice a refreshing treat when you can find it. Forty-four states grow watermelon with Georgia, Florida, Texas, California, and Arizona leading producers. Considered a mild diuretic, watermelon contains the chemical cucurbocitrin, said to increase the permeability of the small blood vessels in the kidneys. This allows more water to enter the urine to eliminate bloating.

A source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, watermelon is high in beta carotene and potassium, and its red flesh is also a source of lycopene (more so than tomatoes) which some research states is a component in the prevention of various cancers–mostly prostate cancer.

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Some individuals claim watermelon can heal migraines by eating the flesh and holding the rind against their foreheads though it must reach both temples. Natural remedy sources say it can be used to heal poison ivy by rubbing all over the rash and allowing it to dry (takes about a day to see results).

Whatever your intention, there’s no denying the versatile watermelon’s appeal. Gastronomic opportunities abound and even number in the thousands, with soups, salads, main dishes, drinks, and desserts just waiting to sweeten and refresh those long, hot summer days.

Try these cool summer recipes — both sweet and savory — to help you celebrate National Watermelon Day on August 3rd!

Watermelon Cooler
8 cups small watermelon cubes
1 ½ cups ginger ale
1/3 cup water
1 (6-oz.) can frozen limeade concentrate

Place watermelon cubes in a single layer in an extra-large zip-top plastic freezer bag, and freeze 8 hours. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes.

Process half each of watermelon, ginger ale, water, and limeade concentrate in a blender until smooth; pour mixture into a pitcher. Repeat procedure with remaining half of ingredients; stir into pitcher, and serve immediately.

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1 Jamo { 07.05.17 at 11:50 pm }

Dot, I would like to suggest ” Shaklee Basic- H2 ” it is a proven remedy. Simply put 1 Tablespoon Basic H2 into a bath tub of water and soak. I would do this twice daily and you will find relief. If you go to, you will find how to acquire a bottle.

2 Susan Higgins { 08.04.16 at 4:56 pm }

Hi Dot, check out our natural cures for poison ivy here:

3 PK { 08.04.16 at 12:44 am }

Jewel weed paste is great for poison ivy, eczema, ache. And it really works. I had eczema, put jewel weed salve on, left on for 4 hrs, itching stopped and after 2 weeks, still hasnt came back.

4 Dot { 08.04.16 at 12:25 am }

I’d like to know more about the use for healing poison ivy. I’m very allergic. Anyone knowledgeable please respond. I’m also anxious to read these postings. So much information, and appreciated.

5 Darcy Ludeman { 07.10.13 at 9:59 am }

I really enjoy all these tid-bits of information you share with us. I look forward to what you will inform us with next time you post! Thank you, I learn so much.

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