This fruit is enjoyed by so many and in so many different ways. There are many recipes for sauces, salads, smoothies, sorbets and yes, even lemonade.
Watermelon has many health benefits too. It is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium and potassium. It qualifies as a fruit serving on the basic food pyramid. Did you know that a full cup of this sweet, refreshing fruit contains less than 50 calories?
When you buy or pick a watermelon there are a few things you should watch for.
- Look for a cream or yellow colored spot on one side. This tells you the side of the watermelon that had been resting on the ground.
- If no spot is visible than you know that the watermelon was picked too soon and shipped to the supermarket. So, if you do get the chance to pick your own watermelon, look for this coloration first. If it doesn’t appear, move on to another watermelon so that one can ripen to full maturity.
- Watermelons should be heavy with a rind that is smooth to the touch, but never too dull or glossy. This also shows that the melon is not yet ready to be harvested.
- Thump the side of the melon with your fingers. If you hear a dull sound the watermelon is not quite ready. If you purchase it anyway, leave it out on a table indoors for a few days to a week. It should ripen by itself. If on the other hand you hear a hollow sound they the watermelon is ripe and should be juicy and very sweet and tasty.
- With all the hot scorching days we’ve had in Winona, MS it is a nice feeling to sit out on the porch or inside with the air-conditioner on and have a cool glass of watermelon lemonade on hand. Make a pitcher full and share with family and neighbors.
- 3 pounds of watermelon cubes (about 6 cups)
- 2 lemons
- 1 lime
- 4 cups of cold water
- 1 cup of sugar
- Cut watermelon and remove rind and seeds. Save a few slices and set aside for garnishing.
- Put watermelon cubes into blender for about 1 minute.
- Place a colander or strainer over a large bowl or pitcher and pour in the watermelon puree.
- Allow time for the juice and pulp to separate. Pressing the pulp will speed things along.
- Cut lemons and lime and squeeze into the pitcher or bowl with the watermelon juice.
- Add the sugar and cold water and mix well.
- Place container in the refrigerator to chill. Wait at least 1 hour before serving.
- Always stir lemonade in pitcher prior to pouring into glasses.
- Serve watermelon lemonade over ice and garnish with a wedge of watermelon.
- Make two batches. Place one batch of lemonade in a rounded bottom bowl and place in freezer. When you are ready to serve, place frozen lemonade rounded side in either a larger bowl or a punch bowl. Pour the second batch of lemonade from the refrigerator over the first. When the frozen lemonade melts in the warm weather there will still be enough cold lemonade for everyone to enjoy.
- Use a melon baller and scoop out some watermelon, honey do or cantaloupe. Set these on a tray in the freezer for an hour or longer. When you are ready to serve the lemonade add the frozen fruit balls to the punch bowl or individual glasses as an added bonus. They will add color and extra flavoring to this sweet yet tangy drink.
Watermelons in Winona can be found at the following local markets:
Downtown Greenwood Farmers Market – Corner of Howard and Johnson Streets
Greenwood, MS 38935-8236
Open: Saturday – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Contact: Lise Foy
Indianola Open Air Market – Downtown Indianola at BB King Museum
400 Second Street – Indianola, MS 38751
Open Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Contact: Indianola Main Street
Greenville Farmers Market – 726 Washington Avenue at the corner of Washington Ave. and North Street
Greenville, MS 38701
Open Wednesday & Saturday – 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm
Contact: Betty Lynn Cameron
Greenwood Wal-Mart Supercenter
2202 Hwy 82 West – Greenwood, MS (662) 453-4656
601 Middleton Road – Winona, MS (662) 283-2515
Some private watermelon farmers in Winona, MS may have a trailer on the side of the road from time to time. Most of the time these prices are comparable or less than those found in the supermarkets in town.