Watermelon You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

Can you picture a summer without Watermelon? Neither could we! While doing research I found that apparently there are folks out there that take their watermelon seriously! Did you know there is a National Watermelon Day?? It’s on August 3rd. There’s even a web site dedicated to this seriously popular and versatile fruit.  We found out they have an annual Watermelon Carving contest. There’s only a few days left to enter but, you may email a photo of your carved specimen between July 1, 2014 and August 4, 2014 (the day after National Watermelon Day) to jslice@whataboutwatermelon.com  Be sure to check out the cool carvings below before you leave!

Just Some of the Health Benefits:

  • Rich in electrolytes and water content, melons are nature’s gift to beat tropical summer thirst.
  • Watermelons are very low in calories (just 30 calories per 3.5 oz.) and fats yet very rich source of numerous health promoting phyto-nutrients and anti-oxidants that are essential for optimum health. An excellent source of vitamin-A, which is a powerful natural anti-oxidant, required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Vitamin-A is known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • It is also rich in anti-oxidant flavonoids like lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin. These antioxidants are found to offer protection against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers. Phyto-chemicals present in watermelon like lycopene and carotenoids have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen-free radicals.
  • Watermelon is an excellent source of carotenoid pigment, lycopene. Studies suggest that lycopene offer certain protection to skin from harmful UV rays.
  • Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
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We sure hope this is the only shark at your next pool party!

Watermelon-shark

Materials

1 oblong, seeded watermelon
Dry erase marker
Large knife
Smaller utility knife
Large spoon
Paring knife (you can use the tip of a vegetable peeler)
2 large marbles, or other (cherry, blueberry, red grape, etc)
Toothpicks or wooden skewers
Swedish fish candies for garnish

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Instructions

 

  • Wash and dry the watermelon.
  • Cut off 1/3 of the watermelon at a diagonal angle.
  • Stand the remaining 2/3 upright on your work surface and use a dry erase marker to draw the mouth line and eye sockets.
  • Cut out the mouth. Trim back a ½” line of the green part of the rind for the teeth area.
  • Use a large spoon to scoop out the watermelon flesh, leaving 3″ intact at the base.
  • Cut out the teeth, using a smaller utility knife.
  • Use melon baller to cut out the eye sockets that match the size of large marbles. Then use a paring knife to trim the green area around the eyes. Insert marbles.
  • Use the carved out rind from the mouth to make the dorsal fin, shape as shown in the picture. Attach the fin using toothpicks.
  • Fill the mouth with triangle shapes of watermelon, accented with Swedish fish.

– See more at: http://www.watermelon.org/carvings/Shark-30.aspx#sthash.AEd8uRCl.dpuf

RECIPE:

1 oblong, seeded watermelon
Dry erase marker
Large knife
Smaller utility knife
Large spoon
Paring knife (or the tip of a vegetable peeler)
2 large cherries, red grapes, etc)
Toothpicks or wooden skewers
Swedish fish candies for garnish

 

 

How To:

Wash and dry the watermelon.
Cut off 1/3 of the watermelon at a diagonal angle.
Stand the remaining 2/3 upright on your work surface and use a dry erase marker to draw the mouth line and eye sockets.
Cut out the mouth. Trim back a ½” line of the green part of the rind for the teeth area.
Use a large spoon to scoop out the watermelon flesh, leaving 3″ intact at the base.
Cut out the teeth, using a smaller utility knife.
Use melon baller to cut out the eye sockets that match the size of large marbles. Then use a paring knife to trim the green area around the eyes. Insert marbles.
Use the carved out rind from the mouth to make the dorsal fin, shape as shown in the picture. Attach the fin using toothpicks.
Fill the mouth with triangle shapes of watermelon, accented with Swedish fish or fruit shaped fish.

– See more at: http://www.watermelon.org/carvings/

Materials

1 oblong, seeded watermelon
Dry erase marker
Large knife
Smaller utility knife
Large spoon
Paring knife (you can use the tip of a vegetable peeler)
2 large marbles, or other (cherry, blueberry, red grape, etc)
Toothpicks or wooden skewers
Swedish fish candies for garnish

SharkShark

Instructions

 

  • Wash and dry the watermelon.
  • Cut off 1/3 of the watermelon at a diagonal angle.
  • Stand the remaining 2/3 upright on your work surface and use a dry erase marker to draw the mouth line and eye sockets.
  • Cut out the mouth. Trim back a ½” line of the green part of the rind for the teeth area.
  • Use a large spoon to scoop out the watermelon flesh, leaving 3″ intact at the base.
  • Cut out the teeth, using a smaller utility knife.
  • Use melon baller to cut out the eye sockets that match the size of large marbles. Then use a paring knife to trim the green area around the eyes. Insert marbles.
  • Use the carved out rind from the mouth to make the dorsal fin, shape as shown in the picture. Attach the fin using toothpicks.
  • Fill the mouth with triangle shapes of watermelon, accented with Swedish fish.

– See more at: http://www.watermelon.org/carvings/Shark-30.aspx#sthash.AEd8uRCl.dpuf

Materials

1 oblong, seeded watermelon
Dry erase marker
Large knife
Smaller utility knife
Large spoon
Paring knife (you can use the tip of a vegetable peeler)
2 large marbles, or other (cherry, blueberry, red grape, etc)
Toothpicks or wooden skewers
Swedish fish candies for garnish

SharkShark

Instructions

 

  • Wash and dry the watermelon.
  • Cut off 1/3 of the watermelon at a diagonal angle.
  • Stand the remaining 2/3 upright on your work surface and use a dry erase marker to draw the mouth line and eye sockets.
  • Cut out the mouth. Trim back a ½” line of the green part of the rind for the teeth area.
  • Use a large spoon to scoop out the watermelon flesh, leaving 3″ intact at the base.
  • Cut out the teeth, using a smaller utility knife.
  • Use melon baller to cut out the eye sockets that match the size of large marbles. Then use a paring knife to trim the green area around the eyes. Insert marbles.
  • Use the carved out rind from the mouth to make the dorsal fin, shape as shown in the picture. Attach the fin using toothpicks.
  • Fill the mouth with triangle shapes of watermelon, accented with Swedish fish.

– See more at: http://www.watermelon.org/carvings/Shark-30.aspx#sthash.AEd8uRCl.dpuf

We admire the creativity of others!! Have you ever carved a watermelon? Email us a photo or post it to our Facebook page. There’s a also a FB button in the upper right region of our home page.

 

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