Watermelon is in Season

June 13, 2018

Watermelon is an iconic summer treat. Grown all over Florida, it is grown as far north as Jackson County and as far south as Collier County.

The Sunshine State has been home to watermelon production since the 16th century.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in 2017, Florida produced more than 20,000 acres of watermelon.

Watermelon is a refreshing and nutritious treat. The fruit gets its name from its high water content. It has 92 percent water content. Watermelon is packed with fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and lycopene. It can be effective in reducing body temperature and blood pressure.

Enjoy this recipe for a fresh summer salad from Allrecipes.com.

Summer Watermelon Salad with Cucumber:

2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp olive oil
pinch of salt

1 5 lb Florida watermelon, peeled, cut into cubes
1 Florida cucumber, cubed (about 2 cups of cubed cucumbers)
15 fresh mint leaves, torn
15 fresh basil leaves, torn
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese or to taste

In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lime juice, olive oil and pinch of salt and set aside.

In a large bowl or serving platter with sides, combine the watermelon, cucumbers, and fresh herbs.

Top the watermelon salad with the honey vinaigrette and gently toss to combine. Top with the feta cheese and serve!