Watermelon is a sure sign that summer is here and with so many ways to enjoy it, there's not reason to eat it just plain. A symbol of summer in America, the earliest records indicate that watermelons were being cultivated in China by the 10th century. In fact, even today, China is the largest producer of watermelon.
Many theories abound as to how watermelons arrived in the US, but most experts agree that it was being grown in the Mississippi valley by the early 1500s. Today, 44 states grow watermelon with Georgia, Florida, Texas, California and Arizona being the largest producers.
Eaten chilled and sliced, watermelon make a great snack. But did you know you can make drinks, sorbets and even sandwiches. A versatile fruit you can add it to any meal to punch up the color and flavor. But don't take our word for it, check out some of the fun and unique ways you can serve watermelon this summer.
Watermelon with Grilled Halloumi Cheese
Halloumi cheese is from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. It is unique because it will grill and brown without melting. Teamed with watermelon, it is a sweet-salty treat that works as an appetizer, side dish or salad. If you can't get Halloumi cheese, there are Spanish frying cheeses or Indian paneer that would be good, or as a last resort, skip the grilling and use chunks of ricotta salata.
This is the BEST and most refreshing summertime drink! It features watermelon and sherbet and lemon lime soda! Mmmm to die for!
Fire and Ice Salsa
This has a very unique taste. I love it!! Served with chips you get the sweet/salty taste with a hint of spice and cilantro. A great way to start a BBQ.
Creamy Watermelon Dip and Cinnamon-Sugar Pita Crisps
This light and refreshing summery dip and pita chips make a perfect summer snack or party appetizer. Can also be served with fresh fruit for dipping. Quick and easy.
Watermelon Waldorf Wedges
The inspiration for these tasty treats came from the Waldorf Salad. Small watermelon wedges or cubes are topped with a simple honey, mayonnaise, raisin and walnut mixture. They make a wonderful appetizer, snack or dessert.
Toasted Jalapeno Tomatillo and Watermelon Salsa
This is a fantastic twist on just your plain old salsa.
You'll love what a little watermelon can do for homemade lemonade.
Summery slushy watermelon cooler!
Quick and Easy Watermelon Pie
Use a circular melon ball scooper to make neat watermelon balls for this recipe.
Tennessee Front Porch Watermelon Pie!
This is a wonderful “Country Dessert” right after a meal like Chicken and Dumplin's or Country Fried Steak… Heck… As far as I am concerned, I could eat this dessert after ANY meal! Honestly... It is a nice, fluffy sweet pie that really looks and tastes wonderful!