Watermelon is a great fruit to enjoy during the hot summer months. As well as being delicious and refreshing, this fruit packs a real nutritional punch. Watermelon is high in an antioxidant called lycopene, which is found in the deep pink color pigment of the fruit. Lycopene has many anti-cancer benefits and has been associated with reduced risk for prostate cancer in particular. Tomatoes are often touted as being high in lycopene, but cup per cup, watermelon has a higher content of lycopene compared with tomatoes.
- Make a salad using watermelon, feta cheese, olive oil and balsamic vinegar
- Put a slice of cheese or some feta cheese in between watermelon slices for a watermelon sandwich
- For an increased boost of lycopene, combine chopped watermelon with chopped tomato for a bruschetta-like topping
- For a slushy treat, mash watermelon flesh and freeze it until half frozen, then defrost slightly and eat it
- And don’t forget the watermelon rind–in China, this is used like a vegetable in stir-fries