Techniques: The Watermelon

Did you know a watermelon is 92% water? You’ll never have to wonder again why it’s called a watermelon. Among water, watermelons contain vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants. While it’s available year round, watermelon is best for flavor and optimum nutrients in the summertime.

Random watermelon facts:

  • Contrary to popular belief, the entire watermelon can be utilized, not just the flesh and juice. The rind can be pickled or even sauteed.
  • A watermelon is a “cousin” in the botanical family to pumpkins, cucumbers, and squash.
  • There are over 300 different varieties of watermelon
  • The worlds heaviest watermelon weighed in at 350.5 lbs, grown by Chris Kent in Tennessee in 2013

Cutting a watermelon can sometimes be an intimidating task because of its size. However, a watermelon is cut very similarly to a cantaloupe and a pineapple. Here’s our tutorial:

 

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Thanks for watching!

-K

Techniques: The Cantaloupe

If I’m being honest, I’ve been spelling cantaloupe wrong my entire life until I started preparing this post. I even designed the summer produce list with the misspelling on it and had to re-do part of it. To think I almost won my third grade spelling bee, and I didn’t know how to spell cantaloupe? Absurd.

The cantaloupe, also known as the muskmelon, originated from tropical plants. There are many health benefits to cantaloupe. Cantaloupes are a good source of beta carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A when ingested. They are a great source for Vitamin C, and also contain Vitamin B-9. Cantaloupes are made up of mostly water – about 90%. Though you of course need to drink plenty of water, water-filled fruits can help you stay hydrated.

Though cantaloupes are available year-round, they are ripest in the summer. Not only is the flavor better when the melon is in season, but the vitamins and overall nutritional benefits are at their highest.

When choosing a cantaloupe, the easiest way to tell it’s ripeness is the weight of the melon. If it feels slightly heavy, that’s usually a good indication of a ripe cantaloupe.

Somewhat similar to cutting a pineapple, the easiest way to cut a cantaloupe starts with removing the skin. Once this technique is mastered, it can be applied to a variety of fruits – oranges, grapefruits, cantaloupes, pineapple, honeydew melon, and watermelon. Then, the seeds are removed and the melon is sliced or diced from there. Check out our tutorial:

 

All you need is a knife, cutting board, and a spoon.

If you found our tutorial helpful, we’d love for you to share it! I’ve seen people try to cut different fruit all kinds of crazy ways, and always want to share my hacks with everyone.

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-K