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Celebrate Your Summer with the Taste of Fresh Fruit – No matter how you eat them, if they’re ripe, they are sure to be delicious

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Published on August 19, 2020 with No Comments

You probably have fond memories of eating fresh fruits in the summertime, either fresh-picked or from the store.

Your body will thank you, too. Eating fresh fruit quenches your thirst and is an instantly cooling snack. Consuming summer fruits will also help you look and feel your best — and can help you avoid common seasonal health issues, such as dehydration and nutrient deficiencies from being outdoors and sweating.

With their vibrant colors and tastes and their abundant nutrition at their peaks, now to enjoy summer fruits. No matter how you eat them, if they’re ripe, they are sure to be delicious.

Watermelons — Beat the Heat with This Refreshing Fruit

With its bold red color and juicy taste, watermelon is a quintessential summer fruit.

It’s one of the more popular summer fruits.

Other than being fun to eat, watermelons are incredibly healthy. Plus, they are a great bargain food (one watermelon can feed up to a dozen people).

Watermelon season lasts from May through September.

Watermelons are much more than just water. These fruits are high in vitamin A (which is important for eye health and boosts immunity) and in vitamin C (which strengthens the immune system).

Watermelon has a good level of vitamin B6 (which also helps the immune system). And it’s also a good source of potassium, a mineral necessary for water balance (and preventing muscle cramps) that also helps keep your heart healthy.

And this fruit is a fantastic source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that protects skin from sun damage. In fact, the bioavailability of lycopene from watermelon appears to be even greater than from red tomatoes.

Watermelons help:

• Prevent heat stroke

• Prevent cancer

• Boost your immune system

• Support eye health and prevent macular degeneration

• Support heart health and lower blood pressure

How to choose a watermelon

• Look for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, dents, or cuts.

• Lift it up. The watermelon should be heavy for its size (because it’s mostly water).

• Turn it over. The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun. (A white or pale green spot suggests immaturity.)

• Also, you can knock on the watermelon. A fully ripened watermelon should have a deep, hollow sound when you knock on it, rather than a solid, shallow sound.

How to store watermelons

• Store whole watermelons at room temperature.

• Refrigerate cut watermelons in airtight containers and use within five days.

Fun facts about watermelons

Seedless watermelons are becoming more popular and available in the U.S. So, you may wonder: Are they genetically modified? No, in fact, they are a hybrid, produced with cross-breeding, Not genetic modification.

The watermelon flesh is delightful, but you can also eat the watermelon seeds (if it has any) and the watermelon rind.

Source: Food Revolution Network

 

 

 

 

Local Farmers Markey

Valpo Summer Market

Valparaiso’s Summer Market returns to the Urschel Pavilion in Central Park Plaza, 68 Lafayette St. The program opened June 2 and runs Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Social distancing will be followed. Call 219-462-5144 to learn more.

Chesterton’s European Market

This combination of foods and crafts returns to Thomas Centennial Park, 220 Broadway. The market runs Saturday, now through Oct. 3. To learn more, visit www.dunelandchamber.org.

 

Coffee Creek Farmers Market

This market runs 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Coffee Creek Park, 850 E. 1050 N. in Chesterton. To learn more, visit www.coffeecreekfarmersmarket.org.

Crown Point Farmers Market

This market runs 7:00 a.m.  to noon, Saturdays, now through Sept. 26, at Bulldog Park, 183 S. West St. Call 219-662-3290 to learn more.

Hobart’s Summer Market on the Lake

This combination of locally grown produce, crafts, food trucks, and live entertainment runs Thursdays, July 9 through Oct. 5 at Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Rd. Call 219-942-4511 to learn more.

 

Miller Beach Farmers Market 

This market runs Sundays now through Aug. 30, starting at 11:00 a.m. at 667 S. Lake St. in the Miller section of Gary. Call 219-238-6578 for more details.

LaPorte Farmers Market

This community market started May 23 and continues Saturdays through Oct. 10 at Lincolnway and Monroe St. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Call 219-448-1674 for more information.

Munster Community Market

Days vary, but this market is running June 30 to Sept. 15, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Community Park, 8601 Calumet Ave. The contact number is 219-836-7275.

Michigan City Farmers Market

This European-style market started May 30 and runs Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  at 724 Franklin St. in downtown Michigan City. Visit www.mymichigancity.com for more details, including vendor registration.

 

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