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10 fun watermelon facts + watermelon daiquiri recipe

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August 3 was Watermelon Day. We are a week later because soooo and slow. Moreover, the watermelons are now widely available and delicious! So grab a sweet piece and get an immune-boosting dose of vitamins A, B-6 and C, plus hydration to the max during tropical summer days.

10 fun watermelon facts

1. Watermelon is 92% water.

2. Watermelon is the fun summer sister of the cucumber.

3. The word 'watermelon' first appeared in the English dictionary in 1615.

4. A watermelon takes about 90 days to grow from planting to harvesting.

5. You can eat the skin of watermelon as usual.

6. The first cookbook published in the US in 1796 was called American Cookery and contained a recipe for pickles with watermelon rind.

7. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred in Egypt nearly 5,000 years ago and is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics on walls of their ancient buildings. Watermelons were often placed in the tombs of kings to feed them in the afterlife.

8. According to Guinness World Records, the world's heaviest watermelon ever was grown in 2013 by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tennessee, weighing 158 pounds.

9. More than 300 varieties of watermelon are grown in the United States and South America. The most common options for watermelons are seedless, seedless, mini, and yellow and orange.

10. You can recognize a well-ripe and tasty watermelon by a yellow spot and sound hollower when you tap it than a less ripe melon.

Bonus : Watermelon is one of the most low-carb fruits you can eat, so those on a keto diet can enjoy it in moderation. woohoo!

watermelon daiquiri

Ingredients

  • handful of ice cubes
  • 50 ml white rum
  • 25 ml watermelon liqueur or gin (possibly with a watermelon flavour)
  • 10 ml lime juice
  • 100 g watermelon (cleaned), plus a wedge to garnish or a strawberry, nice too

Preparation

Place a handful of ice in a blender suitable for crushing ice, along with the rum, watermelon liqueur, lime juice and watermelon flesh. Blend it together smooth.

Fill a tall glass with some ice cubes, pour the daiquiri over it and garnish with a slice of watermelon. cheers!

Source: Parade | BBCgoodfood

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