Who doesn’t love a sweet, juicy watermelon on a hot summer day? Watermelon is certainly a fan favorite with our family- I know our kids (and our grandsons, too) could eat it just about everyday.More watermelons are sold during the Independence Day weekend than the rest of the entire year, yet these big beauties are actually available year-round. Last year, four billion pounds of watermelons were produced in the United States alone, and Americans consumed 13 pounds of watermelon per person. That is a lot of watermelon!

Select a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free of bruises, cuts and dents. Turn the melon over, if the underside is yellow, and the rind has an overall healthy sheen, the watermelon is probably ripe. Select melons that are heavy for their size.There are so many great ways to enjoy watermelon. My favorite way is eating it from a great, big slice. Enjoy a juicy watermelon during these hot summer days!

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