There’s nothing quite like juicy, fresh watermelon to cool you off on a hot summer day.
Whether you want to give the kids a refreshing, healthy snack or wow guests with a watermelon showpiece at a backyard barbecue, these recipes serve up great taste and good nutrition all summer long.
For more tasty ways to make a summer splash, visit www.watermelon.org.
Watermelon Beach Party
1 watermelon — can be seeded or seedless
Kitchen and paring knives
Pencil or thin marker
Large bowl and spoon or ice cream scoop
Small plastic container
Small beach themed items
Using an oblong seedless watermelon, cut a 1/4-inch slice off the bottom to provide a stable base.
Draw lines in a wave design with a sharp pencil or thin marker approximately one half of the way up and all the way around the watermelon.
Scoop out the flesh with an ice cream scoop or a large spoon, and reserve for salad.
Chill gelatin in a small plastic container to make a pool of "water" and place in the watermelon bowl. Fill in around the "water" with fruit salad cut into fun shapes and balls.
Arrange toys toward the edge of the watermelon bowl. Garnish sides with drink umbrellas and plastic palm tree swizzle sticks, and add gummy fish to complete the scene.
How to choose a watermelon
• Look for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents.
• The watermelon should be heavy for its size.
• The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.