Watermelon Facts

The watermelon is actually a vegetable and not a fruit. It is fat free, low in calories and hence is considered to be the ideal diet food. They consists of 92% water and 8% sugar and are great for the health as they do not contain any fat or cholesterol. They are high in fiber content and vitamins A and C and are also a good source of potassium. Store uncut melons at 55 degrees or above.

Storage and Handling Whole melons will keep for two weeks at 60 degrees. Most people like to chill their fruit before cutting but it is not necessary.

Freezing watermelon is simple. Place your wedges or cuts out on a cookie sheet and freeze for about 12 to 18 hrs. You can then place the pieces into your freezing containers. Thaw in the refrigerator before eating (it should last about 4 days after thawing).

Note: Farmer Pete plans to grow some smaller varities in the spring so that CSA members can easily handle them and they will fit into your box.

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